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I locate huge comfort in Psalm 38.


Like Paul utilised to, I maintain undertaking stuff I know I shouldn’t do and filling up with remorse about it (see Romans 7:15-20) Then, like Paul, I remind myself that there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans eight:1)  and thank God for His astounding mercy and that He loves me as His kid – and I really feel improved. I praise God for His grace and ultimately, peace restored, move on – till the subsequent time I fail to ‘take heed and guard my ways’ (Psalm 39:1).  The challenge is normally an unguarded rant about a thing or somebody and, to quote Homer Simpson, ‘D’oh!’ and also Britney Spears ‘Oops, I did it again’. The present cultural references are apt if glib folks are wired to make errors. We are all sinners. As Jesus Himself stated in Mark 10:18 “No a single is very good–except God alone.” I maintain repenting and re-resolving to “muzzle my mouth as with a bridle” (Psalm 39:1) but then… cue the music, “Oops…”


And that is why Psalm 38, correct subsequent to 39, is so consoling. Since it appears like David was as prone to error as I am  – and Paul was –  and Homer and Britney appear to be. He cries out to God:


“…my iniquities have gone more than my head…” (four)


“My wounds are loathsome and corrupt simply because of my foolishness” (five)


“I am bent and bowed down greatly” (six)

Oh, boy, do I know that feeling. The self-recrimination, the sheer dejection that, even soon after ten years of walking with God, the tough wiring that created me a combative, self-adequate survivor for more than 4 decades nonetheless sparks and surges. I am in the procedure of becoming re-wired and updated but it is a function quite a great deal in progress.


Will it constantly be so? Perhaps.  Look at what David laments in verse 14 of Psalm 38:


“…I have develop into like a man who hears not…”


David was a man soon after God’s personal heart, who had noticed God’s favour function mightily in his life, but it didn’t cease him slipping up – from time to time spectacularly (cf Bathsheba)


In spite of God’s Word and the preaches, teaches, prayers stated and conventions attended, when I sin once more, it is as if I had heard not.


Stiff necked, tough-hearted, foolish!‘ I rebuke myself in resonantly biblical terms, imagining an exasperated God shaking His head.


But back to Psalm 39 and, from verse 15, David begins to don’t forget that no matter how lots of occasions he gets it incorrect or how spectacularly he falls, his father in Heaven loves him unfailingly and forgives him – every single time:


“For in you, O Lord, do I hope You will answer…”


It is as if, in the midst of his sorrow and self-bashing, David has recalled the unchanging guarantee of his God –  that He is close to constantly, forgiving constantly there is a rescuing hero in the wings, just beyond the shadows we cast. At a word from us, He will stroll in and dispel the nasties.


A penitent heart and genuine remorse ahead of God will unfailingly attract redemption. David’s prayer gathers self-confidence:


“For I do confess my guilt and iniquity I am filled with sorrow for my sin.” (18)


And there’s the turning point. There’s our salvation.


In her attractive worship song ‘Better than a Hallelujah’, Amy Grant sings:


Gorgeous the mess we are,

The sincere cries of breaking hearts

Are improved than a hallelujah.




Tears of shame for what’s been completed

The silence when the words will not come

Are improved than a hallelujah from time to time.”


 Our repentance and sorrow are irresistible to God. It was, soon after all, in the quest for our salving repentance that Jesus died on the cross.


Catholics pray as portion of their Mass:


‘Lord, I am not worthy to acquire you,

But only say the word and I shall be healed.”


This prayer is primarily based on Matthew eight:eight, when the Roman Centurion asked Jesus to heal his dying servant. When Jesus agreed to travel to the Roman’s property and minister to his servant, the Centurion stated:


“Lord, I do not deserve to have you come beneath my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”


This is our inheritance salvation at a word, without having deserving. And there is a single word that we can cry that is assured to redeem us from the deepest, most miry pit into which we have fallen or lost ourselves: the name of ‘Jesus’:


“Everybody who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)


David knew that after he had stopped lamenting his guilt and iniquity and began confessing them, he was on the road to complete recovery. By verse 20, he has remembered who he is:


“They that …render evil for very good are adversaries to me, simply because I adhere to the issue that is very good,”


What a transformation from “My wounds are loathsome and corrupt simply because of my foolishness”!


Psalm 38 completely illustrates the schizophrenic nature of people’s hearts – the horror and confusion when we commit acts or say stuff that betray our fallen, human state and then, the grateful, abject relief when we recall it will all be ok – no permanent harm completed. From time to time, we cannot envision what or how items could transpire to make very good the harm we have completed, but we can be confident that God can– and will redeem us.


David’s Psalm, 38, ends with the words:


“Make haste to aid me, O Lord, my Salvation” 


a confident if respectful crucial primarily based on the psalmist’s

faith that for as extended as he is God’s son, these words are correct:


“…the Lord your God goes with you he will in no way leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:six)


Thank you, thank you, Lord!


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