Psalm 38:1

ESV A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering. O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath!
NIV A psalm of David. A petition. LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
NASB Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, And do not punish me in Your burning anger.
CSB Lord, do not punish me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
NLT O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage!
KJV {A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.} O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

What does Psalm 38:1 mean?

David loved God, but he was not morally perfect (Psalm 38:18). This psalm may or may not have been connected to his sin with Bathsheba, where he knew he had violated at least two of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:13–14). He had committed adultery with Bathsheba and arranged the death of her husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 12:7–9). David was not naïve about God's justice or His goodness. While he often praised God for mercy (Psalm 28:6; 86:15), he also knew God can be righteously angry and wrathful. Therefore, he asks God to lift His hand of discipline and cease to be angry and wrathful toward him.

God's love is immeasurable (Psalm 36:5), but He is also holy and just. His holiness is intrinsic, and His justice is impeccable. He exercises remedial discipline in the case of every believer who violates His commandments. The discipline may be painful, but it lasts only long enough to bring about repentance and confession. Hebrews 12:10 assures believers that God disciplines His children for their good, and verse 11 states: "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
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