"Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior." – Psalm 38:21-22 NIV
David had made mistakes, and he knew it. He felt the wounds of his “sinful folly” (v. 5). He knew he deserved God’s correction and discipline. He felt his guilt had become “too heavy to bear” (v. 4).
The impact had been intense. He had “no health,” groaning in the anguish of his heart; he felt “feeble and utterly crushed.” (v. 7-8) His heart pounded, and he felt no strength. “There is no soundness in my bones because of my sin” (v. 3). He had trouble seeing and hearing.
Everyone could see this. Even friends avoided him. His adversaries sought to take advantage of his weakened condition. As his enemies increased, his condition continued to deteriorate. “I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me” (v. 17).
He regretted his mistakes and realized, “all my longings lie open before you” (v. 9). Having been chastened and humbled, he cried out to God, “Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior” (v. 22). No longer depending on himself, he waited on God, confident that He would answer.
Many of us have gone through situations in which we feel the impact of our mistakes. The spiritually sensitive realize that God disciplines, corrects, and seeks to purify us.
How should we respond? Admit our sins. Seek forgiveness. Cry out for restoration. Cooperate and learn from God’s correction. Ask Him to take away our burdens and give us His peace.
PrayerFather, I confess my sins to You. Thank You for Your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 38