Psalm 038:17

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Psalm 38:17

Exhaustion without Christ


17 For I am ready [kuwn] to halt [tsela`], and my sorrow [mak’ob] is continually [tamiyd] before me.   KJV-Interlinear


17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.  ESV

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Ready to halt, is an expression of exhaustion. Things are so difficult and so burdensome, that in order to keep from falling down or stumbling a person has to lean on something, coming to a complete stop in order to catch his breath, but is unable to continue on.

Sorrow, is a reference to the anguish, affliction, grief, pain, and sorrow that accompanies the sin nature.

And without God, or Christ, or Bible doctrine, or a functioning spiritual life, then the only thing that person has is the environment of the sin nature, which is overwhelming and far beyond the ability of any individual, to handle.

There are only two environments in which you can live your life. The first is the spiritual life, and the second is the sin nature life.

And without the spiritual life, then the sin nature life is always before you, always present, and never goes away.

It places constant and continual and around-the-clock pressures on ones life, and never lets up.

Life brings the difficulties and stresses into your day-to-day activities, by means of illness or injury, or simply the worries and anxieties that are so common in the human experience. And these are examples or symbols of the bigger picture of what the reality of real life, really is, when the spiritual life is absent.

And of course, everyday life, or experience as we call it, should be one of the better teachers of how weak we really are, and therefore the need for something greater.

And of course since life is a day-to-day experience, so also Bible doctrine and learning it and growing up, should be a part of our day-to-day experience as well.


These studies are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.

And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.

To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.

The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.

But each person has to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.

Keep in the Word, Isa. 41:10.

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