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Bible Reading: Psalm 38

Psalm 38 (No text provided. Please read from your own bible.)

Today’s reading is a vivid reminder of the important aspect of being penitent. When we, as followers of Jesus Christ, fall short and commit acts of sin, it is crucial that we exhibit remorse and pray to our Father for forgiveness. Also vital is repentance. We are not only to be remorseful, but we must turn away from the sinful actions we have engaged in. This can be a lot harder to do than we expect as bad habits can be difficult to break.

There have been times in my life when I have developed habits that are not good. When I was a student in college I would sometimes put off assignments, or study sessions for exams, until the last minute. More often than not the resulting grade, though passing, was usually lower than what it could have, or perhaps should have been. After the fact I knew I had made a mistake by not being better prepared. Thankfully, although I never made the Dean’s list, I did complete the required work to earn my bachelor’s degree. But I will always feel remorse, and disappointment in myself for not being a better student.

In Psalm 38 David paints a much more desperate picture. He writes of wounds and pain and agony due to his misbehavior. But in the end David does what we must all do; he cries out to the Lord. Hebrews 13:5 states in part “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you”. Knowing that we have this divine protection should not embolden us to possess an attitude that we can freely go about in sinful ways. Instead, it should provide for us a sense of security that when we do slip up and make an error that we have an advocate to get us back on the right track.

Moreover, when we stay focused on Jesus, and the Word, we are much less likely to fall into sinful traps. Let’s face reality. In this world we are surrounded by temptation and opportunities to sink into sinful behavior. It seems we are never far away from being lured or enticed into undesirable activity. Therefore, it is imperative to keep our tanks full of His precious Word. It is the ONLY defense we have against these ongoing battles. Have a great day!

Weekly Memory Verse: Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 36.5