Psalm 38:1-22 (NLT2)1 O LORD, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage!2 Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me.3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins.4 My guilt overwhelms me— it is a burden too heavy to bear.5 My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.6 I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief.7 A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken.8 I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.9 You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind.11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance.12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery.13 But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.14 I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply.15 For I am waiting for you, O LORD. You must answer for me, O Lord my God.16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.”17 I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain.18 But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.19 I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason.20 They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good.21 Do not abandon me, O LORD. Do not stand at a distance, my God.22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.
The Passionate Expression Of A Suffering Man
David writes that he has a serious skin disease and attributes it to him being guilty of sin. He asks God, in His mercy to lighten his suffering. Because of his condition his family and friends are keeping their distance and his enemies are taking advantage of his weakened condition.
Davids condition and circumstances are much like those of Job whose friends either desert of fail to sympathize properly with him.
Job 2:7-9 (NLT2)7 So Satan left the LORD’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.8 Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes.9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
Job 2:12-13 (NLT2)12 When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief.13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.
Job 6:14-16 (NLT2)14 “One should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty.15 My brothers, you have proved as unreliable as a seasonal brook that overflows its banks in the spring16 when it is swollen with ice and melting snow.
Forsaken and dejected, he looks to God as his last and only hope.
Psalm 38:22 (NLT2) Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.