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Psalm 38, Part 2 of 3

Verses 9-14

9 All my longings lie open before you, O Lord;

my sighing is not hidden from you.

10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;

even the light has gone from my eyes.

11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;

my neighbors stay far away.

12 Those who seek my life set their traps,

those who would harm me talk of my ruin;

all day long they plot deception.

13 I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear,

like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;

14 I have become like a man who does not hear,

whose mouth can offer no reply.

David started off (in verse 1) with calling God by His name (Yahweh). Here, he address Him as Lord. A very interesting change in tone and demeanor. He will use both names later in the Psalm. For a brief moment (in verse 9), he stopped navel-gazing and looked to His master Who knew his heart and was aware of His sufferings (by David’s own hand). Remember, these are not the ramblings of someone simply having a pity party but someone who is describing what sin has done in his life! Take careful note!

Cry to God (verses 9-10)

Interesting question this brings up: if God already knows, then why pray? Because God has commanded us to pray, and “you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2, nkjv).

Praying is not for telling God something He doesn’t already know (because He already knows!). Prayer is for changing our hearts and minds. As a form of worship, prayer centers our minds on God and eventually in prayer our thoughts will turn to Him. Prayer isn’t a theological idea to scrutinize and clarify; instead, it’s a privilege to cherish and a blessing to claim.1

See the loneliness sin brings (verses 11-14)

  • Friends are noticeably absent (verse 11).
  • Enemies are taking advantage of the situation (verse 12).
  • Guilt and remorse plague his mind and soul (verses 13-14).

Sin will take you farther than you want to go,

keep you longer than you want to stay

and cost you more than you want to pay.


1Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Worshipful, 1st ed. (Colorado Springs, Colo.: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004), 148.