Is My Sin a Heavy Burden? – Psalm 38:1-4

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.

Psalm 38:1-4 NIV

This may be a psalm that you have a hard time identifying with. All too often we pass off our sin as inconsequential. So long as we are not killing, committing adultery, or some other ‘major’ infraction of our moral code, we feel good about ourselves.

But David is expressing something different here. We have no way of knowing what has brought him to this point. But what is obvious from this psalm is that David is broken and feels God’s judgement against his sin. His sin, and the consequences of that sin, are a heavy burden to him.

But David does not just wallow in despair. In verse 18 he confesses his sin to God. And in verses 21-22 he calls on God for help and restoration. He knows his sin has separated him from God. And that repenting and turning to God is necessary for restoration.

Repenting of My Sin

And what was true for David 3000 years ago is still true for us today. Our sin creates a rift between us and God. And not just the big heinous sins. Sin is doing what I want rather than what God wants from me. And regardless the size of my transgression, it is still transgression.

Our sin should weigh heavy on us. Even the little ones. Even the ones that no one else knows about. And even those that don’t hurt anyone else. We should take sin in our lives seriously. Don’t just pass it off as of no consequence. Repent of it and commit yourself anew to God.

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