Psalm 38: Repentance

What makes God angry with his people?

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Psalm 38:1 A memorial song of David.
Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or punish me in hot displeasure.
King James
Psalm 38:1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

If God is against us, what kind of trouble are we in?

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Psalm 38:2–3 Your arrows have touched my heart. Your hand brought a crushing blow.
I have no strength to resist your judgment. Nothing in my being can offer a defense for my sin.
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Psalm 38:2–3 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

What can people do to overcome their guilt?

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Psalm 38:4–6 My guilt is overwhelming, a burden that is much too heavy for me to carry. Because of my foolishness, my festering wounds have a terrible smell.
I humbly bow before you, groaning all day.
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Psalm 38:4–6 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

If God is fully aware of our groaning, why doesn’t he immediately take away the pain?

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Psalm 38:7–9 My whole body cries in pain like I have a burning fever. This inner turmoil leaves me broken and exhausted. Lord, you are fully aware of my groaning and understand my desire.
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Psalm 38:7–9 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

When people are in desperate need of help but nobody is there to help and God hasn’t answered their prayers, what can they do?

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Psalm 38:10–12 My sight is failing, my strength is gone, and my heart is pounding.
Family, friends, and associates keep their distance because of my plight. People set traps to kill me. They scheme and tell lies to ruin me.
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Psalm 38:10–12 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

What difficulties do Christians have in hearing and speaking? Why?

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Psalm 38:13–14 But I am like the deaf mute, unable to hear or speak. I neither hear their accusations nor offer a defense.
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Psalm 38:13–14 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

When we’re waiting for his answer, how can we be sure God hears our prayers?

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Psalm 38:15 My hope is in you, Lord. I eagerly await your response, for I know you hear my prayer.
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Psalm 38:15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

In their temptations, how are Christians different from unbelievers?

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Psalm 38:16–18 “Hear me,” I said. “Don’t let people gloat over my smallest slipups and laugh like they are so much better, for I am about to collapse, the pain is so great.” I admit my guilt and repent of my sin.
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Psalm 38:16–18 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

If there is “no good reason,” why do people hate their enemies?

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Psalm 38:19 My enemies are strong and aggressive, so numerous, and they hate me for no good reason.
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Psalm 38:19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

What motivates people when they seek to do something other than what is good?

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Psalm 38:20 I seek only to do what is good, and my adversaries return evil for the good I do.
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Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

What might keep God from coming immediately to our aid?

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Psalm 38:21–22 O Lord, don’t fail to come to my aid. My God, please don’t stay so far away. Come quickly, Lord, my deliverer, for I need your help now.
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Psalm 38:21–22 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.