TODAY’S MEDITATION – The effects of sin in our lives (Psalm 38:1-8)

Forgiveness is one of those words believers use quite often, but many still don’t really understand the meaning of forgiveness, just because many of us really don’t know what it’s like to be lost. When we look at David closely in the Word, we realise that he was a man who understood forgiveness because he knew what it was like to sin and to be lost. You see, David was chosen by God to be the King of Israel and he was the man “after God’s own heart.” Besides, God loved him and protected him when he was pursued by King Saul who was out to kill him. But this same man is the one who committed adultery, then lied about it. And then trying to cover-up his sin, he had a man killed. My brother, my sister, the story of the David may apply to your life today… and true enough, many believers are like David: they have secret sins that they don’t want to cover up; they don’t want anybody to know about them. Those sins are different from one person to another (sexual sins, compulsive lying, stealing, cheating, etc.). Now, the problems start when we behave like David, by keeping silent about our sins because we don’t want to admit them to God, to others, or even to ourselves. Now, read this psalm to understand how deep sin can affect our lives: “My bones wasted away through my GROANING all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer” (Psalm 32:3-4 ). Here, David is saying how his sins and the silence of his sins have affected him physically. How many believers suffer physically, have sleepless nights, have problems at home or at work or feel depressed, but are ignorant of the fact that it could result from their own sins? You see, It wasn’t until the prophet Nathan came to David with a revealing story that he confessed his guilt and said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13)… and after that the burden of his guilt was lifted, the aches of his body left him, because God had forgiven Him. My friend, our Lord wants to forgive each of us too, but we need to learn to come to Him with a broken and contrite heart so that He can deliver us. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.