I'm Sorry

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 38:1-22

In this psalm, David expresses sorrow for his sin. When we consider how good God is to us and how much our sin hurts him, we should have a spirit of remorse. David knows God is angry because of his sin (v. 1). God does not take sin lightly. Apparently the sin had caused some illness (vv. 3,5,7). Although most illnesses are not due to our personal sin, some are. We need to examine our lives, and identify our self-destructive sins.

David makes no excuses for himself, as we are prone to do, but he says, “I confess my iniquity” (v. 18). He knows that although God hates sin, he also knows God forgives the person who repents and turns back to him. We need to examine ourselves regularly and confess our sin to God. He knows our sin. We need to express true sorrow and remorse.

But we do not stop with confession of sin. We embrace forgiveness. The blood of Jesus Christ can wash away the worst sins. The psalmist ends with the words, “Come quickly, to help me, O Lord my Savior” (v. 22). We have a Savior! Let us confess our sin, enjoy the peace of knowing our sins are forgiven, and then ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to be victorious over those sins.

PRAYER

In this psalm, David expresses sorrow for his sin. When we consider how good God is to us and how much our sin hurts him, we should have a spirit of remorse. David knows God is angry because of his sin (v. 1). God does not take sin lightly. Apparently the sin had caused some illness (vv. 3,5,7). Although most illnesses are not due to our personal sin, some are. We need to examine our lives, and identify our self-destructive sins.
David makes no excuses for himself, as we are prone to do, but he says, “I confess my iniquity” (v. 18). He knows that although God hates sin, he also knows God forgives the person who repents and turns back to him. We need to examine ourselves regularly and confess our sin to God. He knows our sin. We need to express true sorrow and remorse.
But we do not stop with confession of sin. We embrace forgiveness. The blood of Jesus Christ can wash away the worst sins. The psalmist ends with the words, “Come quickly, to help me, O Lord my Savior” (v. 22). We have a Savior! Let us confess our sin, enjoy the peace of knowing our sins are forgiven, and then ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to be victorious over those sins.
Then give us peace. Amen.