When your soul is weary from the weight of sin.
We’ve all been there… we’ve made decisions based on lust, selfishness, or out of an angry, jealous, revengeful heart that have brought results that deeply trouble our soul. Our guilt is great; we are consumed in our thoughts with our self, weary from grief, hoarse from groaning, swimming in tears, unable to sleep, and may even have physical symptoms like achy bones, depression, or nausea. The psalmist David felt just this way. In his lament of guilt he humbly turns to God, expressing sorrow and his hatred of sin. He doesn’t justify, make excuses, or speak of his own goodness. He recognizes he is deserving of rebuke and also in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness. David finds this peace in his outpouring to God. So can we.
Dear Lord, May ____ (specific child, friend, spouse, self) walk so closely with you that he is troubled by his sin. May he run to you when his soul is greatly troubled, acutely aware of his part in sin, express his sorrow, and humbly seek your forgiveness. May your forgiveness be so freeing that he takes this sin seriously, has a hatred of sin, and flees from it. May the mercy extended to him so radically impact his life that he becomes a person marked by extending grace to others. May he be a man after your heart.
Invite your friends to join you in this journey through Psalms as we learn and pray specific truths over those we love.
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