Psalm 38

To What Do We Cleave?

This Psalm has a slightly different tone than many ¬†of the previous Psalms. It seems much more penitential in nature. David is going through some serious grief for a couple of reasons: he feels guilty about sins and feels that God is allowing him to suffer as a result; he seems to be suffering from physical pain; his enemies seem plentiful and he has also been rejected by his friends. At the end of all of this he cries out to God. I guess the point of this Psalm is more of a question: to what do we cleave when we’re down in the dumps or the walls are closing in on us? Do we call out to God or do we attempt seek refuge in other things?

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