Psalm 38 Commentary

Psalm 38 Commentary

The psalmist feels guilty and groans inside his heart. But he also feels sick and experiences physical pain. This is interesting! What kind of sin makes the sinner feel physical pain?

This kind of sickness and mental condition cannot be cured by human medical processes. David knows the problem. He has sinned.

Of course, an individual in this situation feels low and crushed. Yet, there is more to worry about. David’s enemies circle about. Like vultures, they lie in wait. They also want to shorten his trip to total destruction. They, therefore, set traps for David.

“I confess my iniquity,” verse 18b. This is David’s reaction to his many troubles. One simple, available and affordable solution. Interesting!

Look again at David’s listed problems: a heavy sense of guilt, low and crushed spirit, physical pain, groan of the heart, loathsome festering wounds, very low esteem, continuous mourning, feebleness, searing back pain, and a pounding heart. The list of problems can be endless, but there is only one simple, affordable solution: confession.

A trip back to the LORD is never long. It is only a prayer away. Repentance. We all can have it, regardless of our social status, incomes, or history.

Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.

It is always personal.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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