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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 38: 3-8

Psalm 38:3-8

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

The late president Calvin Coolidge returned home from attending church early one Sunday afternoon. His wife had been unable to attend, but she was interested in the subject on which the pastor preached. Coolidge responded, “Sin.” She pressed him for a few words of explanation. And being a man of few words with his wife, he responded, “Well, I think he was against it!”

We see in Psalm 38 that God is against sin. David says that God’s arrows have sunk into him and the hand of God is heavy upon David. David’s sin was too much for him to bear, and it took a toll on him physically. The weight and torment of his sin gnawed at him and agonized him, and he was not shy about giving us a graphic description of the physical discomfort he was enduring. David took his sin seriously because he recognized that it erected a barrier in his relationship with the Father. As he lay in torment and unending pain, David must have felt forsaken. He longed for the healing touch of the Lord, not only upon his body, but upon his life.

Each of us will face times of spiritual drought, when the Lord seems distant and far off. We can’t explain why our prayers seem to go unanswered and why God doesn’t feel near. Start with your heart; is there any unconfessed sin that needs to be dragged into the light? Bring it to Him, and watch Him separate your sins as far as the east is from the west. God promises to remember it no more. He treats us better than we deserve. And best of all? You’re forgiven and restored. Praise God, for He is indeed good!

Further Reading: Psalm 51; Ephesians 2:1-9

Pray with me:

Father, show me my sin today. Show me the recesses of my heart where I’ve allowed unconfessed sin to dwell. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, cleanse me from my sin, and lead me in the way of life everlasting. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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