O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure! Psalm 38 NKJV
David is praying. He is in a pitiful state. David calls out to God for compassion and mercy. David confesses that sin is the cause of his suffering.
David loved the Lord. He served God with tireless energy and enthusiasm. His relationship with God and calling to serve the nation of Israel gave meaning to his life.
David sinned, failed and made mistakes. The reality of those failures broke his heart, burdened his soul and made him physically ill.
God allowed David to suffer the consequences of his sin. If God did not allow us to suffer consequences for our sin we might think we do not need the Lord. We might never learn the blessedness of obedience.
Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You. Vs 9
David was a regular guy just like you and me. Why did God honor and love him so much? Living for and serving God was the greatest desire of David’s heart!
David knew nothing was hidden from God’s sight. The Lord knew his thoughts and desires. That is what gave David boldness to face the giants in his life.
For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God. Vs 15
David’s hope was the Lord. When he was fearful or needed help he prayed. David prayed because he knew God could hear him.
Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! Vs 22
David’s suffering was the result of sin. That did not stop David from crying out to God for help. It did not stop David from believing God heard his prayers. It did not stop David from believe God answered his prayers!
Has sin broken your heart? Is your soul burdened? Does the memory of your sins failures and mistakes give you a sick feeling?
If God did not allow you to suffer the consequences for sin you might think you do not need Jesus. You might repeat mistakes rather than learn from them.
Nothing is hidden from God’s sight. He knows your thoughts and desires. If knowing Jesus and making Him known is the desire of your heart God will grant it. If your hope is the Lord God will shower you with mercy and grace. Jesus will give your life meaning.
God loves you. Do not let anything keep you from calling out to Jesus. He hears your prayer. He answers prayer. Jesus can give you boldness to face the giants in your life!
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