Psalm 38 Outline
– David prayed for God to take away his punishment (Psalm 38:1-4)
– David felt that his trouble is a result of God’s punishment (Psalm 38:5-8)
– God knows everything (Psalm 38:9-12)
– David felt guilty at God’s punishment (Psalm 38:13-16)
– David is afraid that he will be conquered by his enemies (Psalm 38:17-20)
– David begged God to quickly come and save him (Psalm 38:21-22)
Psalm 38 Summary
In Psalm 38:1-4, David prayed for God not to rebuke him or discipline him. He felt that he is facing a difficult circumstance because God’s wrath on them. Now, David felt guilty and it is oppressing him.
In Psalm 38:5-8, David felt that he is in this difficult circumstance because of God’s punishment on his sins. He felt God make this happen to bring him down. Now, he felt guilty, crushed and anguish in heart.
In Psalm 38:9-12, David knew that nothing can be hidden from God because God knows everything. He knew that God knew this longings and sighing. Now that David is in trouble, his friends run away and wouldn’t help him. His enemies set traps and plot all day long, hoping to capture him.
In Psalm 38:13-16, David is so guilty and surprised at the punishment God gave him that he felt like he don’t hear and don’t want to speak. David still anticipate for God to answer his prayer. David prayed for God to rescue him so that his enemies cannot gloat over his fall.
In Psalm 38:17-20, David felt that he really is going to be conquered by his enemies and bear this failure forever. He has confessed all his sins because he was afraid that God was punishing him for his sins so all these problems happen. David said he has many enemies who hate him without reason, that they repay good with evil and slander him.
In Psalm 38:21-22, David begged God to quickly come and save him.
Psalm 38 Bible Study
1. Surrender your burdens to God
David felt pressured because he was being surrounded by his enemies so he prayed to God. We should surrender all our problems to God and let him guide us. You should discuss all your problems with God and listen to what the Holy Spirit says. The Holy Spirit can speak to you and tell you what to do to solve your problems. In Matthew 11:28-30, come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.