This verse was written in a time in David’s life when he was facing something few of us will ever face—a son who was out to kill him. Absalom was bitter because his father failed to take action against the crime Amnon committed against his sister Tamar. Certainly, David should have stood up, taken charge in his family and dealt with this horrible sin. Like each of us though, David had his failures. Maybe he had hoped time would heal the situation or that by ignoring it everything would go back to normal. The opposite happened and this problem continued to fester. What is so encouraging is that as David was going through these consequential circumstances he placed his hope in God. He realizes his desperate need for God. He sees ever so clearly that he cannot look to himself to resolve his problems. David not only places his hope in God but goes on to acknowledge his sin and to seek deliverance from God.
“Deliver me from all my transgressions: Make me not the reproach of the foolish.” Psalm 39:8
There is a lesson here for us all! From time to time we find ourselves in situation because of our own failures. We agonize and look for resolutions but come up empty. We must learn to do as David did and to acknowledge that God is our only hope, confess our sin and seek His deliverance. God is always there willing and ready to help the believer who acknowledges his need.
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And give ear unto my cry; Hold not thy peace at my tears.” Psalm 39:12
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
No matter the situation you can always put your hope in God. He will be right there for you!