Remember that this is the third of the seven penitential Psalms, also called Psalms of confession. We listed the seven penitential psalms in the Psa. 38:1 study.
The phrases, as a deaf man, and as a dumb man, describe the total helplessness of a person when faced with the sin nature within, and the pattern of sin without.
Throughout this Psalm, from the piercing arrows to the physical and mental distress, paints a total picture of what life is like, in the spiritual sense, using the elements of this physical world, in portraying the pressures, and stresses, and helplessness that exists when the spiritual life is either nonexistent, or simply not functioning.
As we stated before, there are only two environments in which you can live.
The first is the environment of sin, or the carnal world as it is sometimes referred to, and the second is the spiritual environment wherein God has control and command of our life.
In the first environment, that of sin, and more specifically the environment that exists when a person is out of fellowship, is an environment of trouble, and hardship, and pressure, and total helplessness.
Even though you live your life from day-to-day, and likely are out of fellowship for most of that time, you are not going to experience continual hardship and pressure. But what is in view here is the pattern of your life, such that after you have taken a complete picture of your life, from birth to death, that picture, when a life is lived out of fellowship, and apart from God, will be one of absolute and total failure.
And living your life apart from God, means that you cannot complete your life with respect to your soul, and the spiritual aspects of the soul, because life under the sin nature has no resources with which to construct and complete, your otherwise incomplete existence.
When you were born, you were body and soul. You were incomplete.
When you believed in Christ, you were born again, which simply means a human spirit was added to your essence. That human spirit contains eternal life. But it also acts as a conduit which funnels truth, or Bible doctrine, into your soul, by means of the Holy Spirit, who is the communicator of truth, and by that doctrine, your soul undergoes a construction process which leads to the completion of your existence.
This only occurs when you are in fellowship, and have a functioning relationship with God through Christ.
Out of fellowship, means no functioning relationship with God, or truth, or the necessary ingredients, namely Bible doctrine, for the completion of your soul.
In fellowship, which is acquired by confession of sin to God the Father, on a regular basis, in order to maintain your in-fellowship status, is the necessary environment in which you need to live, in order to have a functioning spiritual life. It is through that framework that you can be completed, by listening, by learning, by understanding, and by applying Bible doctrine in your life.
Out of fellowship, prevents you from hearing, or even speaking, in the spiritual sense. That means you are isolated from the spiritual life. And that is a huge handicap that sets life against you.
Obviously you can speak and hear, but in the spiritual sense, when you are out of fellowship, and living within the pattern of the sin nature, your spiritual life is shut down.
And of all of the tragedies in the world, to live your life from birth to death, and have little or no spiritual resources or advancement, for preparation for eternal life, is a tremendous loss, and a total waste of ones life. It is like living for decades, and doing nothing and accomplishing nothing.