Psalm 38: Do not forsake me, O Lord


(22 verses, 2:00 to read)

What I am about to READ

This is another of the so-called “Penitential Psalms” of the Psalter.


The majority of the psalm is a description of the effects of sin.  Notice the separation which occurs in the psalmist, both separation from God and from other men on account of his sin.  His body and mind also suffer from sin, unconfessed and unforgiven.

Upon considering his condition the psalmist says that he will confess his sins and be sorry for them.

The prayer ends with a plea for God’s mercy “Do not forsake me, O Lord.”

This psalm touches on what Luther said when he commented on the first commandment “That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god” (Large Catechism III).  When you put your trust in God, when you ask him to not forsake you, you call on God aright and your faith is in in the right place.


When we leave our sins unconfessed and unforgiven, and when we try to hide them from God and from others that sin begins to stink and fester inside of us.  Only when we bring that sin to light and confess it before God can we have the assurance and comfort that comes from His forgiving word.  Lord, I have sinned, make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! Amen.

Questions? Comments? Post below.


Pr. Ross


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