God's Knowledge of Our Desires
Psalm 38:9
Lord, all my desire is before you; and my groaning is not hid from you.

I. We have here A FACT THAT IS WITHOUT EXCEPTION. The Lord knows all our desires. How great, then, must God be, and how near such knowledge brings us to God.

II. THE PERFORMANCE OF AS IMPORTANT DUTY. David was in the habit of prayer. He does not speak of his prayer as an unusual thing, or that should make men talk of him as eminently religious. Now, such habitual prayer is our duty. Do not restrain prayer, and remember, the groaning that is directed to God is very often effectual fervent prayer.

III. A STATE OF HALLOWED PRIVILEGE. If the text be true of us, then there is no need for anxiety. God will surely do what is best for me.

IV. A LARGE PROVISION OF REST FOR THE SOUL. How quiet a man may be, and ought to be, who can speak thus to God. It is the childlike converse of a man with his God.

V. A COMFORTABLE THOUGHT FOR SEASONS OF WEAKNESS and discouragement. What a comfort it is to feel that God knows all, that He will accept as real prayer the utterance of a mere groan.

VI. It is also A PLEA IS PRAYER. "I have told Thee all, now do as Thou hast said."

(Samuel Martin.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

WEB: Lord, all my desire is before you. My groaning is not hidden from you.

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