Psalm 32:4 NLT
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
David is the author of this psalm. We are not sure of the circumstances that he caused him to write this piece. The psalm begins with thankfulness and praise to God who miraculously delivered David from his dilemma and forgave him of all his sins.
Verses 3 and 4 gives a synopsis of his mental and emotional breakdown while David was hiding his sins from God. During this phase, he lived in utter misery and could not find consolation. He described his agony as ‘God’s heavy hand of discipline’.
David’s ‘strength’ refers to his vitality that came from communing with God. All of David’s passion and exuberance for living evaporated like water droplets in the blazing summer heat. He is actually speaking of Middle Eastern summer droughts. Without rain the ground becomes parched and cracked. All of the vegetation becomes scorched and the dry soil blows away like dust in the wind.
David felt his life energy being drained from his soul because of the rift in his relationship with God. When he confessed his sin and accepted God’s forgiveness, his heart was full once more. David acknowledged that God wanted him victorious in every situation. He accepted God’s love, comfort, and instructions. Again, his heart is full of joy and his love of life returned.
That’s what summer means in this verse.
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