April 1, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Psalm 39-41
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Context: All three of today's psalms are written by David. Psalm 39 examines the fragility of human life and the littleness of human life compared to the vast expanse of creation. It also serves a reminder that we are to live our lives as a witness for Christ, in actions as well as speech. Some say Psalm 40 expresses David's experience while he was on the run from his son Absalom, however, the psalm is also referenced in Hebrews in celebration and thanksgiving of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can never imagine the pain suffered by Jesus on the cross. It was not the physical pain which was so terrible, but the separation of Jesus from His Father. Psalm 40 is one of thanksgiving, that Jesus was willing to take on our sins and die for us so that we may spend eternity for him. Psalm 41 is a psalm of betrayal, written by David when he was betrayed by his trusted counselor Ahithophel, who sided with Absalom. Ahithophel eventually committed suicide by hanging himself (2 Samuel 17). Ahithophel's betrayal bears many similarities to the betrayal by Judas. Verse 9 of this psalm is quoted by Jesus in reference to Judas. This psalm also references the resurrection of Christ.