RESURRECTION DEVO SERIES || Psalm 38
Updated: May 17
A PRAYER OF GIVEN IN THE TIME OF CHASTENING—A Psalm of David
OUR PERSONAL REFLECTION: In times of trial and severe trouble, we must examine our hearts and repent of sin. If we have negative influencers, those who wish us ill or encourage sin, we must disconnect from them. David learns here that when we are distressed within our spirit, soul or body we will not find relief in this world. Our hope must be in the Lord who cares for each of us. He will listen to the repented heart in supplication and answer prayer. He is our present help in times of need because of His love for us. He is our Salvation.
[BIBLE READING: PSALM 38] O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure! 2 For Your arrows pierce me deeply, And Your hand presses me down. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin. 4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 5 My wounds are foul and festering 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 full of inflammation, and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8 I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart. 9 Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You. 10 My heart pants, my strength fails me; As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me. 11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague, and my relatives stand afar off. 12 Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long. 13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth. 14 Thus I am like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no response. 15 For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God. 16 For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me.” 17 For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me. 18 For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in [d]anguish over my sin. 19 But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied. 20 Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good. 21 Do not forsake me, O Lord; O 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! my God, be not far from me!
In v. 1-2 David acknowledges the chastisement from the Lord. He feels deeply affected and oppressed knowing of the displeasure he has caused the Lord.
In v. 3-5 David is feeble and broken. He is in turmoil at heart. He is ill with no soundness in flesh and no strength in body or soul. He feels the oppression caused by his sin/iniquities. This illness is more than he can bear, and David relates its cause to his foolishness.
In v. 6-8 David expresses his brokenness and grief. He is extremely ill at this point “full of inflammation”. He declares his physical weakness and the spiritual pain and turmoil he is experiencing, “the turmoil of my heart."
In v. 9-10 David has put his problems before the Lord. He admits that he does not have the inner resources to overcome this on his own by his placing of “all my desire” before God. David’s resilience is lost, his heart pants, his strength fails, and “the light from my eyes has gone from me”.
In v. 11-12 David admits that he receives no support from his family and friends who have abandoned him in the illness (plague, festering sores). His enemies speak of deception and of his destruction. David is anguished in spirit, soul and body. There seems to be no help from any in this world for him.
In v. 13-14 David has decided not to respond to those around him who wish for his demise. He will not hear them and he will not respond to them in words. He ignores their ill will toward him.
In v. 15-16 David turns to the Lord as his only hope, as his only strength in this battle against illness and his enemies. He prays for God’s strength and protection over him. Lest in his falling, his enemies will take a false pride over what has befallen David.
In v. 17-20 David declares his sin and iniquity before the Lord. He has reached his limits of endurance he is “ready to fall”. David declares to God that his many hateful enemies have multiplied against him because he follows what is good.
In v. 21-22 David cries out to the Lord to be with him in this trial. He begs not to be forsaken, but to receive help from the Lord. David knows that his salvation from this and all trials will come from the hand of The Lord.
This daily Equip Devotional has been provided by Rev. Marie Parma as we take time this Holy season in anticipation of the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
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