Too often we skip lightly past the weight of God’s hand of fatherly discipline. In Psalm 38, David does exactly the opposite – this penitential psalm is a startling and challenging description of a soul humbled by a searing vision of his own sinfulness. He realizes that in light of his wickedness, God would be entirely justified in forsaking him, but instead of quickly inserting a counterbalancing or comforting thought, he ends the psalm with a cry for help. David knows the sweet reality of forgiveness, but he also knows that forgiveness is sweeter when sin is taken seriously. So as you come to worship today, don’t rush as you prepare your heart for confession. When you are feeble and crushed, then groan to God for help.
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