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A Burden Too Heavy for Me

Psalm 38

A psalm of David, for a memorial.
Adonai, do not rebuke me in Your anger
or discipline me in Your wrath.
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me
and Your hand has pressed down on me.
There is no health in my flesh because of Your indignation.
There is no wholeness in my bones because of my sin.
For my iniquities are on my head—
    like a burden too heavy for me.
My wounds are foul and festering
    because of my foolishness.
I am bent over, bowed down greatly.
All day I walk about in mourning.
For my heart is filled with burning pain,
and there is no health in my body.
I am numb and utterly crushed.
I groan because of anguish in my heart.
10 My Lord, all my longing is before You,
and my sighing is not hidden from You.
11 My heart pounds, my strength fails me.
The light of my eyes—also, not with me.

12 My friends and my companions stay away from my wound,
and my kinsmen stand far off.
13 They who seek my life set traps.
Those who seek my hurt threaten destruction, uttering lies all day.
14 But I, like someone deaf, hear nothing,
like a mute, not opening his mouth.
15 Yes, I am like one who cannot hear,
whose mouth has no arguments.
16 But I wait for You, Adonai
You will answer, O Lord my God.
17 For I said: “Don’t let them gloat over me
or exalt themselves over me, when my foot slips.”
18 For I am about to fall,
and my pain is before me constantly.
19 So I confess my guilt.
I am troubled because of my sin.
20 My lively enemies are numerous.
Many hate me wrongfully.
21 Those who repay evil for good oppose me
because I pursue what is good.
22 Do not forsake me, Adonai.
O my God, be not far from me.
23 Hurry to my aid, my Lord, my salvation.