Psalm 38: “When it Hurts”
The is considered a penitential psalm (there are 7 total), or psalms of confession, in which, traditionally the Catholic Church will meditate over during the time of Lent. They are psalms of repentance and lament of sin. Here, David confesses that his suffering is directly as a result of his sin, and begs of the Lord that He not forsake His servant. This is the type of prayer of David that illustrates how much he has messed up. He has really caused himself physical and mental anguish. Interestingly, we don’t really have any background on this illness that he was facing. While this may directly apply to those who have been harmed because of their own sin, we also must take this as a caution, understanding that sickness, suffering, and despair may be a direct result of ones sin. If you know someone, or maybe you are someone who is suffering because of your sin, read this psalm, and model your prayer with David’s. He understood at this point that he had no way to fix this issue, so he surrendered it to the Lord. We must too, surrender our sin to the Lord, pray for healing, and most of all for forgiveness through confession and repentance.