Today From Psalms
The person who longs to truly walk with God, the person who genuinely loves the Lord will feel guilt of his sinfulness in ways far beyond those who have no fear of God. It has been my experience both personally and as I counsel people that the closer a person walks with God the more grievous is their sin without regard to the amount of it or its acceptance in society.
The writer of Psalm 38 expresses this in a very vivid way. He begins by appealing to the grace and mercy of God. “O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.” (Verse 1) This he would not have done had he not believed in a gracious and merciful God.
Then in verses 2-5 he speaks of the spiritual turmoil because of his sin. “For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.”
Notice his confession of sin without giving a reason to excuse it; “my sin, mine iniquities, my foolishness.”
His sin has affected his ability to enjoy life. “I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.” “I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.” (Verses 6, 8)
His sin had given his enemies opportunity to entrap him, hurt him and speak maliciously of him.
So it is when we sin. God’s Holy Spirit convicts us and in relation to our walk with God we feel it deeply in our spirit. Sin in our life robs us of joy and the ability to live life as God would have us to live. Sin always gives the enemy reason to further entrap us or ridicule us before the world.
What is our hope? “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” Confession and godly sorrow is the answer.
I am in the flesh. As much as I desire not to sin, I sometimes do. But praise be to God: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Do you feel that God’s hand is pressing down on you because of some sin? Go to the Lord, with godly sorrow, confessing your sin and he will forgive you.
This is my hope!