Sunday, July 17, 2011

Heavy Burden

 1O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
 2For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
 3There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
 4For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
 5My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. 

 Heavy Burden

In Psalm 38 we find David in a position which is sometimes all too familiar to us; David is consumed by the heavy burden of his own sin. One of the most difficult aspects of living the Christian life is dealing with our own sin. One minute we are on the mountain top rejoicing in the Lord, and the next minute we are wrapped in a yoke of despair.

At first glance, this just does not seem to be true, does it? We know that we wrestle with our own sin, but sometimes it seems as though other Christians are always rejoicing in the Lord, never discouraged. However, that always changes when we are in the quietness of our own home, sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Our lives may appear picture perfect to others, but before the Lord, nothing is hidden. Christ sees everything--even the most remote and dark thoughts of our hearts. As a matter of fact, that is usually the first place we become aware that sin is quickly burrowing its way into our lives. We reach out our hearts to the Lord, and there seems to be no response; that is truly a dark hour!

One of the reasons the Psalms are so meaningful to us is that David was not always that "happy-happy-all-the-time" Christian. Neither was David perfect; the Bible records his greatest sins as well as his greatest moments of victory. 

In the middle of all of these things, we saw a man who was truly a man after God's own heart. David was not so consumed with self-righteousness that he did not understand His fallen state before God. When the difficult times came, we saw a man who fell on his face before God. When his sins bore him down, he fell before God, knowing that God was a God who would forgive.

God hates sin, but is always ready to forgive! How amazing is that? When sin conquered David's heart, he was quick to return to his first love, and when his heart was humble, God was waiting to pick him up and carry him on.

May we, when overcome by heavy burdens, look to God for help and comfort. Let us confess the sin that so easily overtakes our hearts, and return to our God, our First Love. We will find Him waiting!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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