May 9, 2020

Psalm 38 is a psalm of confession, repentance, and petition. David describes the sorrow, pain, and suffering he is experiencing as a result of his sins in vivid and descriptive detail! He has been brought low through conviction over his sins, and his enemies want to capitalize on it.

In spite of his suffering and sorrow, David continues to place his hope and confidence in the Lord for salvation from his enemies. He confesses his sin and turns from it in repentance (v.18), and then cries out to the Lord for deliverance from those who seek his downfall.

This psalm demonstrated that, even in the midst of our own propensity to sin and fall short of God’s glory, we are not beyond the reach of God’s grace and compassion! David knew well the richness of God’s mercy, and because of that he was able to cry out to him for both pardon and deliverance in spite of the weight of conviction which he felt! We can do the same today.

Psalm 38

Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord
A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor discipline me in your wrath!
For your arrows have sunk into me,
    and your hand has come down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh
    because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
    because of my sin.
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
    like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and fester
    because of my foolishness,
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
    all the day I go about mourning.
For my sides are filled with burning,
    and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and crushed;
    I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

O Lord, all my longing is before you;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
    and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
    and my nearest kin stand far off.

12 Those who seek my life lay their snares;
    those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
    and meditate treachery all day long.

13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
    like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
    and in whose mouth are no rebukes.

15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
    it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
    who boast against me when my foot slips!”

17 For I am ready to fall,
    and my pain is ever before me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
    and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 Those who render me evil for good
    accuse me because I follow after good.

21 Do not forsake me, O Lord!
    O my God, be not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation!

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I know that I am a man who, apart from the grace of Jesus, stands guilty before you. Even now that I have been rescued and redeemed by your Son and am being sanctified by your Spirit, I still continue to give evidence of my desperate need for a Savior each and every day through my sin.

I pray that, like David, you would lead me to deep seated conviction whenever I sin against you, and that your conviction would lead me to swift repentance and restoration! Help me not to run away from you when I rebel, hiding in fear and in shame, as I am often tempted to, but to instead run to you and your grace, knowing that you will meet me in your compassion.

In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

37 thoughts on “RHYTHM: DAY 20

  1. Father, you alone are righteous. My sin causes pain – pain in me, pain in others and, Father, causes you pain. In this fallen world there are those who rebel against you. They desire to bring down all that worship and bow down to you. Without your grace and mercy, I will fall. Hold me in the palm of your hand. Protect and guide me with your other hand. May words of praise for you be always on my lips. For you are my LORD and my salvation. Amen.

    1. Thankful that we serve a God who forgives and forgets, who has redeemed all who come to Him. So thankful for Jesus our Redeemer.

    2. PADRE gracia por el perdón de nuestros pecados , ten misericordia de tu pueblo y cada uno de tus hijos, somos pescadores, SEÑOR perdónanos,Te pido que no se aparte tu mano de misericordia, guíanos protégenos, desecha a nuestro enemigo, PADRE como David aclamó a ti y tu lo escuchaste yo sé que tú tienes tus oídos inclinados, en ti esperamos porque tú eres nuestro PADRE celestial, a ti oramos y en nombre y por amor a tú hijo amado Amen 🙏

  2. Lord thank you for your forgiveness. May I strive each day to be quick to ask for your forgiveness. Amen🙏

  3. Dear Heavenly Father,
    Thank you for loving me and forgiving me of my sins. Everyone has sinned and has fallen short of your glory and honor but You made a way for us . You sent your son Jesus , the perfect lamb, to take our place and shed his blood for us. What an awesome thing that You did for us. It grieves me when I sin for I know it displeases you so. Please cleanse my mind and heart daily and help rid me of any unrighteous thought or action. Lead me in the paths of righteousness and help me restore my soul. Please help me to be more pleasing in Your sight. And help guard me from any foe or sin that tries to attack me for I know that You are all I need. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

  4. Lord, there are some areas of my life where I have despaired of change. I fall into patters of behavior and response that I know do not honor you, yet I find myself unable to change. Let me not give up, but seek you desperately in prayer as David did, knowing the transforming power of your Holy Spirit works within me. I claim your promise in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Amen. May my life bring glory to you.

  5. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

  6. Dear Heavenly FATHER, what a timely scripture this AM. As a soon to be 84 year old Born Again, Bible Believing, Follower of your son JESUS CHRIST, I find myself much like David and I turn to you and scriptures like John 3:16, Romans 15:13, Prov 14:26, John 3:30, 2Chron 7:14 and many others and know that I have been fully forgiven and have the assurance of my SALVATION and your LOVE. I am truly THANKFUL for all this in the life of this sinner AMEN and AMEN

  7. I thank you my Father for another day in the land of the living. I thank you for your plans for me for us today. I pray you help me see you at work and be able to be a part of your plan today. I pray that self and the worries around me will not cloud my vision to see and willingness to be used by you today. I pray for your forgiveness. My heart is in pain because of the injustices around me. Forgive my sins of omission and commission. Help us who you have given a platform to use it in fighting the injustices around us. Please Father use us especially your church to bring consciousness to our dark and fallen world. I/we need you everyday, we need you every hour. May we not take your grace for granted. Forgive father! Thank you for making a way through Christ.

  8. Heavenly Father, I know that I am a woman who, apart from the grace of Jesus, stands guilty before you. Even now that I have been rescued and redeemed by your Son and am being sanctified by your Spirit, I still continue to give evidence of my desperate need for a Savior each and every day through my sin.

    I pray that, like David, you would lead me to deep seated conviction whenever I sin against you, and that your conviction would lead me to swift repentance and restoration! Help me not to run away from you when I rebel, hiding in fear and in shame, as I am often tempted to, but to instead run to you and your grace, knowing that you will meet me in your compassion.

    In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

  9. Father, I know without you I am nothing. Thank you for always being my eyes. You are my salvation and strength in every step I take.

  10. Lord help us to always remember that the sequel to confession is the appropriation & application of “forgiveness”. Jesus quickly and immediately forgives but we on the other hand have real trouble with accepting His forgiveness. The reason for that is because of satans accusations about us not being forgiven. We rebuke you satan!! Thank you Lord Jesus for Forgiving me/us!!

    1. Amen!

      The struggle is real Pastor Wade…but seems to get “easier” to believe His supernatural forgiveness when I daily spend time in His Word and connecting with Him through prayer.

  11. God’s compassion in action changes our forever and gives us the greatest offer of hope to share with others who don’t know Him.

  12. Lord,

    I am sorry for the times I sin and don’t confess it to you and just try to ignore it. I need to remember how serious my sins are, weather anyone else knows about them or not. Help me to address them when they happen. Thank you for your grace and mercy!

  13. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John. 1:9

  14. Heavenly Father,
    I come thanking you that you don’t give us what we deserve for being a disobedient world. I come today asking that you would heal the world of this virus and it will be a miracle from heaven. No vaccine is required because you have used your power, love and grace to show the world that you are in complete control.

    Jesus, there are so many elderly Christians that don’t know how to use today’s technology and are praying to be able to return to church on Sundays and I plead with you to respond to their prayers for removal of fear and provide us with complete healing of this virus. Lord, I pray that you would raise up Christians to be bold in sharing the gospel of needing a Savior, your death on the cross, the miracles and blessings that you are still doing in 2020. I pray these things in Jesus name. Amen

  15. Lord, thank You that You WILL answer me. Life, circumstances and even people can try to crush me, but I trust that Your plan will prevail and Your forgiveness covers me by Your blood. Thank You for that. Amen.

  16. Thank you for your grace and mercy, your forgiveness and love for us Lord Jesus. Help us to hide your Word in our hearts and minds so when we face difficulties and problems in life we can encourage ourselves and each other and wait for You to lead and guide us through each issue. Help us to remember to “put our hope in God” and to praise you and give You honor for working out our problems for our good and Your glory. Amen.

  17. Lord, thank You for this day. Help us to continually be aware that You know our sins yet we must acknowledge and confess it to You in order to be forgiven. Thank You for forgiving us though we are undeserving. in Jesus name. Amen

  18. Thank you Lord for making a way for us all .
    We pray for a fresh resolve to fight our propensity to sin. If we hide your word in our hearts and if we continue to pray with all manner of requests supplication and praise, you are very near to help us stay safe when we are confronted with temptation. I love Lauren Daigles album “How can it be,” Songs like
    Let the earth shake beneath me
    let the mountains fall,
    You ‘re. God over the storm
    and I am yours. You ‘re God over the storm and I am yours…..
    God How I thank you for your faithfulness when I couldn’t. stand by myself in the deep waters and I cried out to you. You are indeed a very present help in trouble. May your name sweet Jesus be glorified for evermore.Amen

  19. God Our Father in Heaven, Thank you for giving us life and waking up today in a beautiful sunrise. God, help me to be strong and fight my fear, doubts and transgressions, we are nothing without you O Lord, we need You and only You. We trust in You, You are mighty, worthy, merciful and I can’t go on without your love and blessings and provisions, I offer my life to you as you gave your one and only begotten son Jesus to redeem us. We thank You almighty God in heaven. We love You and Praise You.
    In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

  20. Heavenly Father,
    I confess my sins to you Jesus, for You are faithful and just to forgive me of sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness; 1 John. 1:9
    I thank you for Jesus and the Holy Spirit that teaches me Your Holy Word to grow in my relationship to seek you always Holy Father.

    9 O Lord, all my longing is before you;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.

    15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
    it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

    I love You Heavenly Father with all my heart and soul.

    In Jesus name, I pray amen.

  21. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me. Revelations 3; 19-20”

  22. Dear Heavenly Father,

    Because of the greatest sacrifice that was ever given through your Son, Jesus Christ, I am fully and completely forgiven of all my sins, past, present and future.

    This kind of love I cannot understand but embrace with my whole heart and give thanks. How I need you every hour of every day, for cleansing and redirection from the world’s ways to Your ways.

    Help my wandering heart, dear Lord, and forgive me I pray.

    Amen.

  23. Lord have mercy on me forgive my sins known and unknown and give me grace to forgive others that wronged me and hurt me intentionally. Thank you that i can always count on You in every circumstance. Please lead me and guide my path. Amen.

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