Read Psalm 41 – Jesus is here. It has been said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed (Saint Augustine). I say that to draw a correlation between David’s plea for himself, and the multifaceted way it also reflects our need, and gives prophetic whispers of Jesus.
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.” :1 Because of the blessings we have received, we are also called to be a blessing to those in need. Jesus is the perfect model of this when he lived out his earthly, human mission with great regard for the weak, like me and you, hallelujah!
“Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. ” :9. We don’t know the exact situation David is referring to, but we know this is how Judas was identified by Jesus at the last supper (Matthew 26, John 13, Mark 14).
“But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.” :12
This verse proved a giant block for me. I thought David was bragging about his own integrity, which is contrary to the very need for a Savior, not to mention false, as the bible recorded David’s lapse in integrity most clearly. Yet I know the bible is true and does not contradict itself, so it is my responsibility to dig deeper… and was I ever blessed by the effort!
But I’ve used enough words for today, so I will share more tomorrow. Keep reading Psalm 41, as I have been re-reading it daily since my last post. It only grows more meaningful each time.