Psalm 38

Psalm 38:1-22

SUMMARYSin’s price

OVERVIEWDavid prays for God’s mercy in receiving discipline for his sin.

BIG IDEA: We are affected spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally when we sin. 

KEY VERSEPsalm 38:21–22 (David’s prayer)
Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.

As I have promised, I will never leave you. As my child, you no longer have to ask me to be with you—I am always with you. Thank me for my presence, instead. It is good to lament your sin, for there is a cost. Sin can always be forgiven but consequences sometimes last a long time. And while guilt can be your friend—pushing you my way and encouraging you to repent, guilt can also be from the enemy. I will never condemn you. I will always call you. The enemy’s guilt is vague and full of condemnation. Learn to discern the difference.

And don’t be like your friends who avoid you when you fail. If I’ve forgiven you they should, too. Wait patiently for them to come back but be a genuine friend to others who fail. Encourage them to confess and when they do, stand beside them as they recover. If they won’t confess their sin, continue to love and encourage them, but let your consistent message be one that describes the joy and victory found in forgiveness.

Confess your sin quickly and frequently. Don’t wait until later. Equally as important, and often overlooked, is to be quick to forgive others. Take a moment now to ask God to search you and to reveal any sin you need to confess or any person you need to forgive. Ask God for his forgiveness and for strength to forgive others. And thank him for his enduring love. 


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