May 9, 2020
Psalm 38 is a psalm of confession, repentance, and petition. David describes the sorrow, pain, and suffering he is experiencing as a result of his sins in vivid and descriptive detail! He has been brought low through conviction over his sins, and his enemies want to capitalize on it.
In spite of his suffering and sorrow, David continues to place his hope and confidence in the Lord for salvation from his enemies. He confesses his sin and turns from it in repentance (v.18), and then cries out to the Lord for deliverance from those who seek his downfall.
This psalm demonstrated that, even in the midst of our own propensity to sin and fall short of God’s glory, we are not beyond the reach of God’s grace and compassion! David knew well the richness of God’s mercy, and because of that he was able to cry out to him for both pardon and deliverance in spite of the weight of conviction which he felt! We can do the same today.
Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord
A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.
1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath!
2 For your arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand has come down on me.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no 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 stink and fester
because of my foolishness,
6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
all the day I go about mourning.
7 For my sides are filled with burning,
and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and crushed;
I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9 O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
and my nearest kin stand far off.
12 Those who seek my life lay their snares;
those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
and meditate treachery all day long.
13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
who boast against me when my foot slips!”
17 For I am ready to fall,
and my pain is ever before me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
I am sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 Those who render me evil for good
accuse me because I follow after good.
21 Do not forsake me, O Lord!
O my God, be not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation!
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Heavenly Father, I know that I am a man who, apart from the grace of Jesus, stands guilty before you. Even now that I have been rescued and redeemed by your Son and am being sanctified by your Spirit, I still continue to give evidence of my desperate need for a Savior each and every day through my sin.
I pray that, like David, you would lead me to deep seated conviction whenever I sin against you, and that your conviction would lead me to swift repentance and restoration! Help me not to run away from you when I rebel, hiding in fear and in shame, as I am often tempted to, but to instead run to you and your grace, knowing that you will meet me in your compassion.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.