Psalm 40 – Deliverance in Christ The sequence of Good Friday Psalms continues. Each psalm (Psalms 34-41) demonstrates in a particular way our inability to save ourselves, followed by a prefiguration of God’s redemptive provision in Christ. The message is clear. We need a deliverer, whose silence and speech, forgiveness and faithfulness, suffering and sacrifice, are sufficient to save.
Psalm 39 – Alien Hope David desperately wants to do the right thing, but it is impossible. He strives to keep his tongue from sin and he seeks to come to grips with the brevity of this transitory life. His only hope in a world of uncertainty is the Lord: “My hope is in you” (Ps 39:7).
Augustine saw in David’s lament over the abandonment of his friends and the irrational hatred of his enemies a prefiguration of Jesus’ Good Friday experience.
Psalm 38 – Godly Sorrow Suffering is not always linked to our personal sin, but sometimes it is. Psalm 38 is about those times when we provoke the anger of God and bring down upon ourselves the consequences of our sinful actions. We are saints redeemed by the blood of the Lamb but we continue to struggle with specific sins that produce devastating consequences. Sin harms us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Psalm 37 – Human Flourishing David approaches the problem of evil by offering a spiraling meditation on the apparent human flourishing of the wicked, the response of the righteous, and the dependability of God to bring about justice. The psalmist answers anticipated questions, provides a realistic appraisal of depravity, and insists on the believer’s resilient faithfulness.
Psalm 36 – Mercy Me The portrait of human wickedness that David profiles is the evil that is close at hand and resides in the neighborhood. It is the evil that gloats in our hearts and parades down the street. David’s seven attributes of evil show us how easy it is to be caught up in its ways.