38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared. For some reason, I’m having a hard time with this verse. It almost sounds like a demand from David. It’s a simple statement. God made a promise to David, and he’s saying, God’, by keepng this promise, othere will see and will know that YOU are someone that keeps their promises. The KJV Translates it as ” Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear”. That makes more sense to me for some reason.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good. I love the straight forward way David writes sometimes. It’s so easy to try to look into verses and try to mine deep spiritual meaning out of them, when sometimes they just have to be taken at face value. David is asking God to sheild him, to remove from him the disgrace of failure, and that God’s laws are good. That’s pretty deep statement, God is good. Period.
40 How I long for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life. David longs for God’s word. That is an amazing statement. To Long for something is to want passionately. To desire with all your heart. By hiding in God’s righteousness, we find life.