Archive for September 14th, 2012

Psalm 38

Psalm 38 has the psalmist in a tough situation.  Life is not going well.  “There is no health in my bones because of my sin….my iniquities have gone over my head… a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me”.  Life is hard.  And when we do it on our own, it is overwhelming.  The psalmist has the same disease each of us has – the disease of self.  And self leads us to one place – sin.  We do what we want when we want how we want.  That never ends well – it causes us to choose poorly and fall into sin.

There is a cost to sin.  The cost is quite severe, and terminal.  The wages of sin are death according to scripture. But it isn’t an immediate death.  Sin causes us to suffer before we face the eternal consequence.  Sin is a big deal.  It can’t be ignored.  We had to not only admit it exists in our life, but we have to deal with the reality of the outcome.  And the psalmist is right there, in the middle of “my foolishness” which is the only way to describe just how stupid we are in the choices we make leading us to sin.

So we all have the problem.  What can we do?  “But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer”.  We have to run to God.  He offers the ONLY solution to our sin problem.  We can’t fix it ourselves.  It takes a sacrifice to cover our sin.  God has provided a solution.  He sent His only Son to the Cross to provide a means for us to cover the sin problem in our life.  Jesus died, and rose again, so that we can be set free from the penalty of our sin.  That gift of grace is freely offered to each of us – it is ours for the receiving – but we have to be willing to confess our sin, repent and turn around, and receive the gift of Christ’s blood to cover our sin.

That means we admit we are wrong, which is a big deal for most of us.  But we are, all of us are guilty, and trust me everyone else knows it.  In fact, the sad truth is that the world is actually there helping make sure we fail.  “Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good”.  The sidelines are not filled with people rooting for our success.  Most around us are waiting to see us fail.  Unfortunately that is how many people are – since they can’t seem to get what they want, they want everyone else to experience the same misery too.  But God is not only rooting for us to experience blessing, He has created the only real way to do that – Jesus Christ.  Have you been set free from the burden of sin?  Are you walking with the One who is not only on your side but will see to your success?  He is there, waiting to do exactly that!

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