The Burden of Sin | Psalm 38:1-8
Today’s Passage: Psalm 38:1-8
Key Verses: Psalm 38:1-4
A psalm of David. A petition.
LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
Sin is a burden for the true believer. The guilt weighs heavily on the body and soul. David, the great warrior, likens it to being pierced with an arrow and having the wound fester. Certainly, sickness is not always the result of sin, but sin can impact one’s health. David felt “feeble and utterly crushed” due to his sin.
In today’s Christian culture this is not a popular truth. The line that sells books goes like this: “We are all sinners. Thank God for his compassion. We are far from perfect. Thank God for his grace. You will sin, but the loving God will not hold you accountable.” The line contains bits of truth. God is compassionate, gracious and loving . . . and . . . he does hold us accountable for our sin.
I am a sinner saved by grace and I thank God for his continual forgiveness, but I cannot use that truth as an excuse to sin. As a believer I must be just as concerned about sin on the front end as I am thankful for forgiveness on the back end. Re-read today’s passage (the Psalm continues tomorrow with the same theme). David said, “My guilt overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.” That may not sell books, but it is truth from God’s Word.
Father, please help me be as concerned for my sin before I commit it as I am thankful for your grace after I sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.