When you are ready to fall

Psalms Bible Background

07.23.2016 – Old Testament: Psa 38.17–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 38–40 on July 23, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Some seasons of our lives, we are strong and nothing can get us down. During those times, we can take on anyone, and we know that we shall live in victory. Other seasons enter our lives, and we are weak and anything can get us down. We cannot take on anyone, and defeat seems the only way of life. What should we do when the latter times come on? Do what the psalmist did, and pour out your heart to the Lord, telling Him what is going on in your life,

For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in anguish over my sin.
But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong;
And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.
Those also who render evil for good,
They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
(Psalm 38.17–20) 

Now why do you think the Holy Spirit put that into the Scriptures? Did He want to show us one man’s failures and that when you have the same problems, you shall also fail? No, of course not, but the Spirit wants us to see that people before us had the same struggles as we do, and that we can win over those situations, and not fall, and if we do fall, we can get back up.


  • Have you had times when it appeared that you would fall?
  • What finally happened?
  • How did you end up where you are today?

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