A meditation on Psalm 38
The psalmist is feeling the anger of God in vivid detail.
Feeling the punishment of God
Feeling the absence of God
God’s anger has afflicted him in his body
God’s arrows have pierced him and his iniquities have overwhelmed him.
He is feeling utterly numb and crushed.
And even as he cries out to the Lord, it goes on – even friends and companions have drawn back and neighbors have stood him up.
He is surrounded by folks that wish to do him ill.
It sounds a lot like Job
There is no one to help.
And yet, the psalmist still calls on God, and believes that God will answer him.
He will but confess his iniquity and be sorry for his sin, and surely God will relent, God will come to his aid.
But at the end of the psalm, the psalmist is still crying out to God to save him, to make haste to help him.