The Heavy Burden of Sin
|For I am ready to fall,|
and my sorrow is continually before me. ~ Ps. 38:17
Do you ever find it hard to apologize for something? The Penitential Psalms remind us of the importance of asking God for His mercy when we’ve sinned, with a true sense of contrition. In Psalm 38, David acknowledges the sin that has brought physical & mental sickness and social ostracism. There is no one to turn to for help; only God can forgive & restore the psalmist.
David shows us how to openly and honestly own & confess our sin before God. Psalm 38 is a heartfelt reminder for us not to despair at those moments of falling into sin, and that the Lord is mighty to save.
There are no excuses. There is no trivializing his transgression. There is no cover-up. Or placing the blame somewhere else. A wonderful example of true confession!
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
WHAT CAN I LEARN ABOUT GOD THROUGH THIS PSALM:
- My sin requires confession before God
- God searches my heart and His Holy Spirit convicts me of sin!
- God is my only hope – He hears and will not forsake me.
- God is my salvation
HOW CAN I PRAISE GOD THROUGH THIS PSALM:
- I praise the Lord that my forgiveness is found in Him, that I will not be utterly destroyed but that He will hear and help me, and that He is my salvation.
Most gracious & loving Father, I praise You that you help me in my times of desperation. Father, I need to daily confess my sins, and I long to find your salvation. May I be like David, and confess my sin with my whole heart - not blaming or excusing. Thank You for the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ.
Forgive me, O Lord, for my pride, greed, covetousness, for lying, for exalting myself, for loving the praise of men more than I should, for spiritual neglect – Father, you know my heart. You know the endless list of transgressions. Wash me, O Lord, whiter than snow. Do this for the sake of Your son Jesus Christ, who paid the price for my sins.
In His precious name I pray ~ Amen