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June 24, 2020 Daily Devotional

In today's Psalm, the writer is in a place of penitence, shame, questioning,

and longing.

As David waits for God's response, I wonder how it will come? Will it come

through a word from a far off neighbour? Will it come through David's

acceptance of God's grace? It whatever way God speaks, David trusts that

God knows his deepest longings.

This Psalm makes me think of Romans 8:26, "Likewise the Spirit helps us

in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very

Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words."

Take a moment to read to through the Psalm and see what stands out to


Psalm 38

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,

or discipline me in your wrath.

For your arrows have sunk into me,

and your hand has come down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh

because of your indignation;

there is no health in my bones

because of my sin.

For my iniquities have gone over my head;

they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.

My wounds grow foul and fester

because of my foolishness;

I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;

all day long I go around mourning.

For my loins are filled with burning,

and there is no soundness in my flesh.

I am utterly spent and crushed;

I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

O Lord, all my longing is known to you;

my sighing is not hidden from you.

My heart throbs, my strength fails me;

as for the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.

My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction, and my

neighbours stand far off.

Those who seek my life lay their snares;

those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin,

and meditate treachery all day long.

But I am like the deaf, I do not hear;

like the mute, who cannot speak.

Truly, I am like one who does not hear,

and in whose mouth is no retort.

But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;

it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

For I pray, ‘Only do not let them rejoice over me,

those who boast against me when my foot slips.’

For I am ready to fall,

and my pain is ever with me.

I confess my iniquity;

I am sorry for my sin.

Those who are my foes without cause are mighty,

and many are those who hate me wrongfully.

Those who render me evil for good

are my adversaries because I follow after good.

Do not forsake me, O Lord;

O my God, do not be far from me;

make haste to help me,

O Lord, my salvation.

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