INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.
Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.
This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…
1. David’s Request (1-2)
2. David’s Recognition (3-4)
3. David’s Commitment (5-8)
4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)
5. David’s Faith (14-16)
6. David’s Desire (17-18)
7. David’s Praise (19-22)
8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)
Psalms 31:10 KJV – For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
Psalms 31:10 ESV – For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
In the previous verse (vs 10) we saw that David realized his sinful condition. He saw his need for the merciful intervention of God in his life, and felt incredible sorrow for his disobedience and his failures in service to his Lord.
In this morning’s devotional, we see David recounting how his sins have affected his life and service to Jehovah…
For my life is spent with grief,
Result #1 – Lingering Sorrow
The first result David recognized was his lingering sorrow. David’s sorrow for sin was a continuous part of his life experience.
This should be no surprise to any of us. how many of us do not look back and recognize our times of failure and feel the pangs of regret wishing we could do things over. But worse yet, on a daily basis, we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. Every day we do things that remind us of our fallen natures and our failures toward our God.
By keeping our eyes on Christ, we can continue on serving Him even in the midst of these feelings of sorrow, weakness and failure…
Hebrews 12:2-3 KJV – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
and my years with sighing:
Result #2 – Painful Labors
The second result of David’s sin in his life was hard, burdensome labors.
Folks, when the Lord gives us instructions for living, they are for our good. He instructs us in the ways of righteousness, so that we will not face the many, varied, harmful results of sin in our lives. Sadly, when we willfully reject these instructions and choose to do things “our way” we are only creating future problems for ourselves. This is what David is speaking of when he says that his years are filled with groaning and sighing (sounds made when under difficult labors).
Although for God’s people, their sins will no longer condemn them to an eternity in perdition, their sins still have results in this lifetime. For example when we lie to others, we will face distrust and suspicion from others; when we mistreat others, we are creating enemies who will oppose us; when we steal, we are causing others to resent us, stand against us and risk punishment at the hands of governmental authorities. Just these few examples helps us to understand that, although we may be saved from the eternal condemnation of our sins, there are still many earthly results of sin that both lost and saved face on a daily basis.
These are the types of “burdensome labors” that King David is describing to us. As he faces his many enemies, he realized, in some cases, he had brought these problems upon himself through his own sinful choices and acts.
Proverbs 13:15 KJV – “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”
Jeremiah 2:19 KJV – “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.”
my strength faileth because of mine iniquity,
Result #3 – Mental and Physical Weaknesses
The idea behind “strength faileth” is to feel weak, feeble, tottering and ready to fall.
David recognized that his sin resulted in weaknesses in his mental and physical being. He found himself discouraged, lacking boldness, and perhaps, even physically weak from the sleepless nights, lack of appetite or stresses that he faced.
Psalms 51:12 KJV – “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
and my bones are consumed.
Result #4 – Consuming Guilt
Not only did David recognize his failure and felt sorrow for his sin, but even worse yet, he felt guilt, heavy, oppressive, consistent guilt. We all have experienced this at one time or another in our lives.
We have done wrong, we recognize we have done wrong, and we felt the never ending prodding to humbly deal with that sin through repentance and attempted restitution and reconciliation. David best describes his feelings of guilt in Psalms 102…
Psalms 102:3-5 KJV – “For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.”
Summary Of Our Study:
David has shared with us the four main earthly results of personal sin in the life of the believer…
1. Lingering Sorrow
2. Painful Labors
3. Mental and Physical Weaknesses
4. Consuming Guilt
May we all learn from king David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!
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