Psalm 38

David looks to the Lord when friends leave him
Several literary forms are found in this psalm. It may be divided into three parts. Each begins with an appeal to God. Verses 1, 8, and 15.
1 ¶ <<A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.>> O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
.2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
  Arrows Comparing to a scene of battle ps00713, ps04505
  Pressed See ps03204.
.3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. 
.4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
  No soundness A repulsive disease is pictured v7. David may have been thinking of Job jb0207 except that Job was innocent.
  Because of my sin While the Lord is active in punishment v2, it is also true that disregard of the spiritual and physical laws He has given brings their consequences ga0607.
 5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
 6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 
 7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
 8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
  5 - Corrupt Infected and putrefying.
  6 - Mourning See jb0120, ps03514.
  8 - Feeble Or "utterly spent" (RSV).
  8 Roared A strong utterance. Compare ps02201.
 9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
 10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
  9 - All ... before  thee David is still addressing the Lord v1. As we seek the Lord in earnest prayer, He strengthens us.
.11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. 
 12 ¶ They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
  11 - Lovers Who refuse to come. Compare ps03111. See jb1913.
  11 - Sore Hebrew nega' "stroke," or "plague." See it in ge1217, ex1101.
.13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
 14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
 15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
  13 - Deaf ... dumb In relating to the plans of v12. The psalmist ignored those who were against him.
  13 -Openeth not his mouth This right attitude characterized Jesus when accused falsely is5307. We are tempted to fight for our rights. While there may be a place for legal action, it must never be motivated by selfishness or revenge.
 16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
 17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. 
 18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
  17 - Halt Or "fall." He had already fallen spiritually.
  18 - Declare mine iniquity ... sorry Confession with repentance and turning from sin is the path to forgiveness pr2813.
 19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. 
 20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
  20 - Evil ... because I follow This is strange and yet true jn0319, jn0105.
 21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.
.22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.
 22 - Salvation As in 1co0130.


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