July 20, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 38

When reading this psalm, it would be easy to just think that it is depressing, especially if you were to not finish it. This is an outcry of sorrow and anguish over sin. David is crushed by his sin and paints a gruesome description of the anguish that he is experiencing.

What is your view of Sin? (1-8)

David has come to the realization of his brokenness and his sinfulness. He is seeing how he has totally betrayed the Lord. You may think that it is extreme to say that it is a total betrayal to God when we commit a sin but the reality is that any sin is a betrayal to God. This is what David is seeing in his life. When was the last time you viewed sin in your life the way it is described in verse 5? When if ever has there been a time that your response to sin was that of verse 6? It will not be until we recognize that our sin is not against us or others, it is a betrayal to God Himself and it is what put our savior Jesus Christ on the Cross that we will view it with the same distain.

There is Consequence for Sin (9-14)

There is a description of loneliness as his sin has lead him away from those who matter. As a result of him following these things even to this point his friends and family stay away. This suggests that his sin has caused him to hurt those closest to him and because of that, they have chosen to stay away. Sin causes a ripple that affects everyone around us. Even if we never set out to hurt anyone else it will happen. Even further, His sin has caused him to be in danger. It is easy for someone to read this and think that God is being mean or evil for allowing these things to happen or for not making everything better. That however is not the case. God is holy and righteous and is a perfect judge. There has to be consequence for sin. In the same way that a child is disciplined for disobedience we need discipline from our heavenly Father for disobedience.

How do you respond to the consequences of sin?

There is Hope (15-22)

In such a hopeless situation we have to follow the example of David and turn our eyes to the Lord. Sin will put us in a prison of anguish unless we turn from it and run to the hope of Jesus for He alone is our Salvation. No matter what the sin is or was, there is hope in Him and he will not forsake you and His arms are open to receive you today.

Do you need to turn back to Jesus?

Is there sin that you have not confessed?

Take a moment today to evaluate your heart and confess to the Lord and repent of sin in your life.

By: Dakota Gragg

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “July 20, 2016”

  1. “Prison of anguish.” Wow, what a great description of that horrible feeling of knowing you’re in the wrong. Thanks for the great word this morning!

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