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Psalm 38

A psalm of David. For the memorial offering.

38 Please, Lord, don’t punish me when you are mad;
    don’t discipline me when you are furious.
Your arrows have pierced me;
    your fist has come down hard on me.
There’s nothing in my body that isn’t broken
        because of your rage;
    there’s no health in my bones
        because of my sin.
My wrongdoings are stacked higher than my head;
    they are a weight that’s way too heavy for me.
My wounds reek; they are all infected
    because of my stupidity.
I am hunched over, completely down;
    I wander around all day long, sad.
My insides are burning up;
    there’s nothing in my body that isn’t broken.
I’m worn out, completely crushed;
    I groan because of my miserable heart.

Everything I long for is laid out before you, my Lord;
    my sighs aren’t hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds; my strength abandons me.
    Even the light of my eyes is gone.
11 My loved ones and friends keep their distance
        from me in my sickness;
    those who were near me now stay far away.
12 Those who want me dead lay traps;
    those who want me harmed utter threats,
        muttering lies all day long.
13 But I’m like someone who is deaf,
    who can’t hear;
    like someone who can’t speak,
    whose mouth won’t open.
14 I’ve become like a person
    who doesn’t hear what is being said,
    whose mouth has no good comeback.
15 But I wait for you, Lord!
    You will answer, my Lord, my God!
16 Because I prayed:
    “Don’t let them celebrate over me
    or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips,”
17 because I’m very close to falling,
    and my pain is always with me.
18 Yes, I confess my wrongdoing;
    I’m worried about my sin.
19 But my mortal enemies are so strong;
    those who hate me for no reason seem countless.
20 Those who give, repay good with evil;
    they oppose me for pursuing good.

21 Don’t leave me all alone, Lord!
    Please, my God, don’t be far from me!
22 Come quickly and help me,
    my Lord, my salvation!