Songs of Praise: Psalm 38

Psalm 38
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Under divine discipline, David feels crushed and deserted. Friends and neighbors have turned away. Silence isolates the psalmist who pleads for God’s attention. Prayer is the life-line for one feeling abandoned by all, even God.

O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
Psalm 38:9

Sin can give us dis-ease as David’s psalm so aptly expresses. The guilt is a burden too heavy to bear. Worn out and utterly crushed, David confesses his sin. Thus filled with anxiety, he calls out for God’s help, for his strength fails him: “Do not forsake me, O Lord; O God do not be far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”

Lord, my spirit needs shoring up at times. Guide my steps and thoughts. Keep me spiritually enlightened by Scripture. Keep my witness fresh and alive that I might glorify the Christ.

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