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Psalms 38

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 1 O lord, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure.

 2 For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me painfully.1

 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

 4 For my iniquities have gone over my head like a wave. As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

 5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

 6 I am troubled and greatly bowed down; I go about mourning all day long.

 7 For my loins are filled as with a loathsome disease, and there is no soundness in my flesh.2

 8 I am feeble and sorely broken; I groan because of the disquiet of my heart.

 9 Lord, all my desire is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.

 10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; and as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me.

 11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

 12 They also who seek after my life, lay snares for me. And those who seek my hurt, speak mischievous things and imagine deceits all the day long.3

 13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; I am like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.

 14 Thus I am like a man who hears not, and in whose mouth are no replies.

 15 For in you, O LORD, do I hope and wait. You will respond, O Lord my God.

 16 For I said, "Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me. When my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me."4

 17 For I am ready to fall; my sorrow is continually before me.

 18  I will confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.

 19 But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; and those who hate me wrongfully are multiplied.5

 20 Those who render evil for good are my adversaries, because I follow the thing that good is.

 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.


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1 your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me painfully. This Psalm, along with others, shows the supernatural afflictions that he has received from the demons by orders of the Lord. David describes his pain, his wounds, his mourning, his enemies; their laying traps for him, continually lying to him, and celebrating his slips, taunting him. Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. 1 Pet 4:12.

2 my loins are filled as with a loathsome disease. This references the supernatural suffering that the Lord allows to be inflicted upon us as we seek him. This painful, continual roaring in our private parts is tribulation. The Lord, speaking of those who he afflicted says: Ask yourself now, and see whether a man suffers with childbirth? Then why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in labor, and all faces are turned into paleness? Jer 30:6. And David refers to this again: You brought us into the net; you laid affliction upon our loins. Psalm 66:11. And Isaiah: Therefore my loins are filled with pain; Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heard it; I was dismayed when I saw it. Isa 21:3. And Lamentations references it: He has caused the arrows of His quiver to pierce my loins. Lam 3:13.

3 They also who seek after my life, lay snares for me. And those who seek my hurt, speak mischievous things and imagine deceits all the day long. The demons are laying traps for him, continually lying to him, and celebrating his slips, taunting him.

4 When my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me. The demons are capable of reading your thoughts. Every incorrect thought you have, they let you know by bodily sensation or noises in the room that they have heard your error. They rejoice in your failures.

5 But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; and those who hate me wrongfully are multiplied. The demons are there night and day. They follow you everywhere. They never miss a thought. They appear to be many. The more errors you make, the more appear. But they are restrained by the Lord, never allowed to bring you unbearable pain or anything really horrible. The Lord keeps them under control: Behold, I have created the smith who blows the coals in the fire and brings forth an instrument for his work; I have created the destroyer to destroy. Isaiah 54:16

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