Vs 4 As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;

heal me, for I have sinned against you!”


Vs 9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted,

who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me


Vs 12 But you have upheld me because of my integrity,

and set me in your presence forever.




The psalmist, David, cries out for healing and graciousness.

David acknowledges his sin against God.


David states that everyone is against him, even his close friends.


But God is not against David. David will maintain his faithfulness in God and God will uphold David.

His ultimate healing is to be in the presence of God forever.




When I want God to do good things for me, is it because I think I am good, or God is good?

Do I think I deserve for God to do good to me?


Even David did not think this way.

When he cried out for good from God, it was because of the goodness of God … “graciousness”.

And David recognized that his sin was primarily against God, not even the person that may be hurt because of his sin.


I can’t read verse 9 without thinking of Jesus and Judas. … close friends who shared bread …

and, yet, still Judas “lifted his heel against” Jesus.

Jesus has shared the bread of His very body with me, and, yet, I still come against him in my sin!


But it is in the death and resurrection of His body that I can come into the presence of God … what David celebrates as healing and eternal presence! (Vs 12)


Whatever good God does for me, I must celebrate God’s “presence” before God’s “doing”.

Anda recognize all of it, His presence and His doing, is by His grace!




Thank you, God, for your word.

Help me to seek your forgiveness

And your healing

Help me know your presence

Help me to share your bread with friends

In Jesus name