Instead of giving up something for Lent, I decided to commit to something that will help strengthen my walk with God. I found out about a blog called She Reads Truth thru another blog, The Strong Family, where readers share, every Friday, the wisdom they’ve gained from a particular passage in the Bible that is assigned by She Reads Truth every Monday. I decided to do this for the Lent season, at the very least, and hope it will motivate me to be more consistent in meditating on His Word on a daily basis.
Psalm 38 (NIV)
A psalm of David. A petition.
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear…
There is no greater pain than that of the realization of one’s sins. I speak from experience. When my sins are brought to the surface and my eyes and heart are opened to recognize and realize the wrongs that I’ve committed, the guilt and pain I feel is so great that I feel it in the depths of my heart and soul. Just as the human body reacts to a physical affliction, the heart reacts to an affliction of the soul. I think this is the pain David is feeling in this passage. It is not something that can be erased or taken away by our own hands, or by those around us, for that matter. Only God’s love can reach deep and restore us by convicting our hearts that our sins (past, present and future) are forgiven thru the power of the Cross. David knows this and he says, “Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God” (v. 15). God is faithful and full of compassion; He will not forsake us when He hears our cries. However painful it may be, I believe that this pain is not only necessary but essential in our walk with God. Only in the depths of our sorrow will we be able to understand and experience the depth of God’s grace and mercy. And because of God’s immeasurable grace, “We will be confident when we stand before the Lord, even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:19-20, NLT).
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