Troubled Waters of the Soul

November 7, 2012

Troubled Waters of the Soul

Psalms 38
1 O LORD , do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. 3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin. 4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. 7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 9 All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. 10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. 11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away. 12 Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception. 13 I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth; 14 I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. 15 I wait for you, O LORD ; you will answer, O Lord my God. 16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat 17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. 18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. 19 Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous. 20 Those who repay my good with evil
slander me when I pursue what is good. 21 O LORD , do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. 22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.

The dealings of the Lord are many with those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Those of us who have walked with the Lord for some time know that this walk is not just peaches and cream and everything in between. We can identify with King David, who was a man after God’s own heart and yet endured many trials and afflictions throughout his lifetime. He loved God and yet we see him in times of weakness, sin and defeat. How wonderful God is to allow us to see great biblical characters in their good times and their bad. In that truth and reality there is hope for us who also struggle with our weaknesses and shortcomings in our desire to be godly and upright.
Hebrews 12:4-13 is an exhortation and encouragement also of the Lord’s correction. “4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” 7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13“Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” As sons and daughters of the most High God, we experience the corrective, but loving hand of God as we endeavor to grow up spiritually. Sometimes it can seem harsh and extreme, it can rob our peace, it can upset our world, and it can afflict our bodies, but if it didn’t we would continue on and miss the mark or where God wants to take us. We are by former nature a stubborn and rebellious people. Many of us still have that former nature still wanting to work in our members. As submitted as we think we might be there are areas of our life where we tend not to want to let go of things that are keeping us back from God’s highest and His best. As painful as it is, we must be thankful that God loves us too much to leave us the way we have been.
Perhaps you are wrestling in your spirit today. Maybe there is unrest, trials or tribulations that are pressing hard upon you. While we don’t want to give place to the enemy to usurp the authority we have in Christ, we must, with all humility and contriteness of heart, be searching our hearts for those area and places where we might be missing the mark and displeasing our Father. 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 tells us, “31But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” Let us search our hearts that we may judge and correct ourselves so that we may retain His peace and avoid undo correction.


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