Monday, September 12, 2011

Psalm 38 - Sin's Sickness

LINK: Psalm 38 (Amplified) & Psalm 38 (The Message)

BACKGROUND

This is another Penitential Psalm of David. It is very similar to Psalm 6 and 32 that we will read tomorrow.

It is pretty easy to understand, but I did not know what it meant to have "no soundness of flesh" (38:3)?  The NIV helped me understand that it meant "no health in my body."

During my last day of prayer, I meditated on it in the Amplified Bible (see link above) because I loved the imagery that it evoked. The Message also does a good job. Imagine "arrows" of conviction from the Lord or His hand pressing You because of your sin. What would it be like to have a "flood wave" of iniquity crashing over your head? Meditate on this and imagine this in your meditations.

David's sin led to many health problems, it separated him from God and others, and caused him to be very lonely!  Sin is not something to hold on to! We need to confess and let it go!

REFLECTION

Sin can sometimes make us sick! Not all sickness is caused by sin, but some is!  Why do we sin then? 

This quote sums up why we sin:


"Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness." 

-Simone Weil, philosopher, mystic, activist 

(1909-1943)

Praying we fly TO the only one who can fill that emptiness!

APPLICATION

Take some time today and ask God to reveal your emptiness to you and how you are trying to fill that void.  
In Your presence is FULLNESS of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:11

PRAYER

Lord, bring us back to Your presence and right hand. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen. 
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