Memorial offering (Ps 38:1-38:2)

A psalm of David, for the memorial offering

“Yahweh!

Do not rebuke me in your anger!

Do not discipline me in your wrath!

Your arrows have sunk into me,

Your hand has come down on me.”

This Psalm 38 is once again a psalm of David, but it had the unique title of a memorial offering. It is the prayer of an individual in distress. He was either sick or under personal attack, much like Job. The resemblance between Job and some of these psalms is remarkable. This is a direct prayer to Yahweh. The psalmist wanted Yahweh not to be angry with him. He wanted Yahweh not to discipline him. Yahweh’s arrows had hit him. Yahweh’s hand had come down on him.