We all know it is true that often when the Lord disciplines us he goes after those things that we hold more dearly than himself. He wants us to hold him more dearly than anything else in the world. He wants our love for him to be rivaled by nothing and no one. He does this because he knows that only in Himself will we be satisfied. He does it because he loves us, and only wants what is best for us. There is only one place to find joy, and this is in knowing him.
Ran across a great quote from Piper here. All I can say is wow. You should really really read it. It really will make you think about what you are doing with your life. Just incase that link doesn't work here is the full URL: http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/2565_essential_piper_dont_waste_your_life/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DGBlog+%28DG+Blog%29
Psalm 38 serves a twofold purpose. 1) It is a psalm of repentance in which David is taking ownership of his sin, and its consequences. 2) It is a psalm that ask for deliverance from those who are trying to use David's sin against him. It is a psalm that seeks the Lord's mercy from first to last.