Monday, 20 July, 2020
Title: “ . .Because of my sin . . .”
Author: Ps Cheng Cheung
Psalm 38: 3
3 There is no soundness in my flesh
Because of Your anger,
Nor any health in my bones
Because of my sin
The Psalm begins very dramatically and one can almost imagine some soap opera where the hero has incurred the anger of his antagonist father and the son pleads ”No father! Please don’t! Please, please don’t . .Your punishment is more than I can bear.”
The guilty David is obviously aware of God’s anger. There was a prohibition and he has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Sensing God’s deep displeasure, David cries out to God not to punish him ”in your wrath.” He knows, as with human fathers, when there is uncontrolled rage incurred at the deliberate disobedience of a child, the first strike can indeed inflict great pain, like those of ”piercing arrows.” Therefore, the petition is that Jehovah would not condemn as a judge, but chasten as a father, for the correction and preservation of the offender.
Does this not sound familiar? This is also true for us as (grown-up) children of God who are, from time to time, caught red-handed. We, like David, must plead for mercy. We must pray for tender consciences, sensitive to the pricking of the Holy Spirit Who will speak clearly to us when we have committed sin, instead of living in denial. As we move to verses 3 & 4, we see the consequences:
No soundness because of God’s anger
No health because of sin
Foul & festering wounds because of foolishness
And to top it all – an inescapable feeling of guilt. However, unlike David, we should not let guilt and shame overwhelm us. We cannot for a moment minimise the seriousness of sin, especially habitual ones, nor the fact that this may have lasting consequences if left unchecked. However, we should remember that God has provided the blood of Christ that will cover all manner of sins, and promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome temptations.
“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.” Zechariah 13:1
David recognized the hand of God in his misery, but he did not think it was without cause. He knew that it was because of his sins, his iniquities, and his foolishness. David was miserable, and he knew his sins were the cause of the crisis and anguish he was experiencing.
“ . . no soundness, no health, foul and festering wounds, bowed down greatly, mourning all the day, loins full of inflammation, no soundness in my flesh, feeble and severely broken, groaning, turmoil of my heart . .”
Then a ray of hope:
9 Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
David wants to be made right. He wants to come clean. He is prepared to humble himself and be honest with the Lord.
Speaking to God as his master (Lord, Adonai), David appealed to God with complete transparency. He wanted to be totally open. Our human instinct is to follow the pattern of Adam and Eve and hide our sin and hide from God. David here is an example of the kind of totally honest communication such as between best friends that is vital for the one who truly desires God. It was not easy for David (we know, don’t we?) but he did it. Brother, sister, do you think you can do this?
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, thank you for this Psalm. Thank you that it speaks honestly to me that my journey with you will sometimes be difficult. And that my vision of the cross will sometimes be obscured. And as with the Psalmist, my joy in God will, from time to time, be hindered.
Help me learn that in order to be transformed and abandoned to God I need to be totally transparent with you and everyone else around me. Give me strength, I pray. In Jesus’ Name
最重要的是— 不可避免的犯罪感。但是，与大卫不同，我们不应让犯罪感和羞愧淹没我们。我们不能在任何时候轻视犯罪的严重性，特别是惯性的罪行，如果不加以制止，将可能产生永久的后果。但是，我们应该记住，上帝已经提供了基督的宝血，它将掩盖各种罪恶, 洗净一切罪孽，并应许了圣灵的恩赐使我们能够克服诱惑。
撒迦利亚书13：1 “那日，必给大卫家和耶路撒冷的居民开一个泉源，洗除罪恶与污秽 ”