Study Guide – Psalm 38:1-8

Psalm38-1-8

1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your rage!
2 Your arrows have struck deep,
    and your blows are crushing me.
3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
    my health is broken because of my sins.
4 My guilt overwhelms me—
    it is a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds fester and stink
    because of my foolish sins.
6 I am bent over and racked with pain.
    All day long I walk around filled with grief.
7 A raging fever burns within me,
    and my health is broken.
8 I am exhausted and completely crushed.
    My groans come from an anguished heart. NLT

 

Read 1-8. Have you ever personally felt like David feels? What was that time like?

 

 

Find all the ways that David's guilt works itself out into physical symptoms.

 

 

David attributes his condition to God's anger. Is God making David sick? Explain your answer.

 

 

How is David's anxiety over his sin a good thing?

 

 

What would life be like for a person who never felt remorse or guilt for sin?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Is there any guilt in your life that is causing you anxiety? What could you do right now to begin dealing with this?

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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