Psalm 38

  1. If this psalm was written when David’s great sin first came to light and struck dismay and horror into the hearts of his friends, can we wonder that its tone is so subdued?
    How great the contrast with Ps. 35! What light does the psalm throw on the effects of discovered sin in the life of a believer?
  2. The three divisions of this psalm are marked by the fact that they all begin with an address to God.
    Do you discern a progress in faith from one section to the next?


  1. Verse 5. ‘My wounds’:i.e., my stripes, a poetic description of God’s scourging.
  2. Verse 11. ‘My wounds’: his friends regard him with horror as if he were a leper.