Psalm 38 (Psalm 38:1-22)Philip Stewart, 17th August 2014
Part of the Study of Psalms series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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38:2 For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me.
38:3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.
38:4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
38:5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.
38:6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.
38:7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.
38:8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.
38:9 All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.
38:10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.
38:11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.
38:12 Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception.
38:13 I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;
38:14 I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.
38:15 I wait for you, O Lord ; you will answer, O Lord my God.
38:16 For I said, "Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips."
38:17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.
38:18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.
38:19 Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous.
38:20 Those who repay my good with evil slander me when I pursue what is good.
38:21 O Lord , do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.
38:22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.
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