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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Daily Word June 2, 2011 - Psalm 38

Psalm 38:18
"I confess my iniquity, I am sorry for my sin."
Here is a psalm rittled with pain.  As you read all of psalm 38, what we find is a man overcome by suffering.  What is the cause of his suffering?  Two things.  First, is the discipline of the Lord.  Apparently, he has sinned against God and God is exercising his paternal duties.  He is disciplining his child, making him new.  But discipline never seems pleasant in its time, says the Hebrew writer, and the psalmist is ready for it to come to completion.  Second, he has tumult in his heart over the grief of his sin.  Sin not only effects our relationship with God, it causes turmoil inside our souls if we are a believer. 
For these reasons, this is not a sad psalm.  I am sure the psalmist was sad when he wrote it.  But in proper season, as he reflected upon these words, there was probably some happiness.  Why?  Because discipline showed him that God loved him and grief over sin showed him that he was a child of God.  We should be thankful when we are convicted of sin, it bears witness to the fact that we have the Holy Spirit of God living within us, who will not let us rest in our disobedience.

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