Psalm 38:22

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 22. Make haste to help me. Delay would prove destruction. The poor pleader was far gone and ready to expire, only speedy help would serve his turn. See how sorrow quickens the importunity of prayer! Here is one of the sweet results of affliction, it gives new life to our pleading, and drives us with eagerness to our God. O Lord my salvation. Not my Saviour only, but my salvation. He who has the Lord on his side has salvation in present possession. Faith foresees the blessed issue of all her pleas, and in this verse begins to ascribe to God the glory of the expected mercy. We shall not be left of the Lord. His grace will succour us most opportunely, and in heaven we shall see that we had not one trial too many, or one pang too severe. A sense of sin shall melt into the joy of salvation; grief shall lead on to gratitude, and gratitude to joy unspeakable and full of glory.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 22. O Lord my salvation. Faith the suppliant is now made faith triumphant. Franz Delitzsch.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 22. Faith tried, faith trembling, faith crying, faith grasping, faith conquering.