"O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine, arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presses me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me." PSALM 38:1-4
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN OUR SINS OVERWHELM US
AND WE WONDER,
"DOES GOD STILL CARE?
DOES HE STILL LOVE ME?"
DON'T BE FOOLED BY
DAVID'S GUILT AND SHAME OVER HIS SIN
I can easily imagine David slumped over in his despair and anguish! Perhaps what troubled him the most was that he couldn't understand why he was suddenly cast down and so low.
This was a man who had a great hunger for the Lord, pouring out his heart in his daily prayers. He revered God's Word, writing psalms that extolled his glory.
But now, in his depressed state all he could do was cry out, "God, I am at the end of my rope. Why will you not hear me? Why will you not respond to my pleas for help?"
I HAVE WONDERED AT TIMES IF GOD COULD STILL
LOVE ME BECAUSE OF MY SINS...
WHAT ABOUT YOU??
Like so many disheartened believers today, David's sin had left him empty, his guilt and shame was greater and weightier than anything he had ever experienced before. He was probably reliving every failure, sin and foolish deeds he had done.
At some point, he must have thought, "Oh Lord, have all my reckless acts left me so wounded that I am beyond any hope of knowing your presence in my life ever again?"
David reasoned was that God must be chastening him as he cried out, "1. Lord, do not punish me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath. Your arrows have sunk into me, and Your hand has pressed down on me. There is no health in my body because of Your indignation; there is no strength in my bones because of my sin. For my sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear."
PSALM 38:1-4 (HCSB)
ASK YOURSELF IF DAVID'S HEART-CRY IS YOUR CRY?
David isn't just writing about his own condition in this Psalm. No! David is describing something that ALL devoted lovers and believers in Jesus Christ face at some point in their lifetime if they truly want their close relationship with the Lord to continue!
We all have disappointed our Savior, our Deliverer, our God if we will be honest with ourselves. I know the sin in my own life and how my heart breaks when I think of how I have grieved the only one who ever loved me as Jesus has loved me!!
These attacks that David was personally facing and talking about were strictly "demonic attacks" from a plaguing "Spirit of Discouragement!" It entangles the core of our bellies with despair and hopelessness which comes straight from hell itself!
WHENEVER YOU'RE OVERWHELMED BY THE
"SPIRIT OF DISCOURAGEMENT"
It comes at a time when every dedicated believer is feeling beaten and overwhelmed by an abrupt and hasty struggle. No believer can bring it on by his or herself, nor does our Lord Jesus send it!
This kind of attack usually has nothing to do with any specific sin or failing by the believer. No! This is Satan's most potent weapon against God's elect and no wonder!
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It is no great
thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their destiny will be according to their works!
2 CORINTHIANS 11:14-15 (HCSB)
STOP AND LISTEN FOR OUR GOD WILL ANSWER US!
When we cry out to the Lord, there comes a time when
we have to stop and just listen! The Lord is always ready,
willing and able to lift you out of the ditch of depression
and the miry clay of despair that seems to grip our souls!
Jesus Christ will not only "lift us and take us out of the
ditch of despair." He will set each of us upon a rock to make sure we do not slip and fall! He will teach us the way we
should go and He will put "A NEW SONG IN OUR HEARTS!"
DISREGARD THIS WORLDS ANSWERS!
"Abandon yourselves to God" and see for yourselves how
much He cares and loves you!! We are completely
blessed when we turn our lives over entirely over to
our maker, our Lord, and our Savior!!
We must re-teach ourselves to IGNORE and to TURN OUR
BACKS ON THE WORLD'S ANSWERS!
We find in Chapter's 38 and 39 of Psalms, David's heart-cry
to God! It isn't until he stops and waits patiently that
God answered his cries for help!
I waited patiently for the Lord, and; He inclined unto me,
and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a
horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet
upon a rock and established my goings. He hath put
a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in
PSALM 40:1 (KJV)