Devotional and reading from Psalm 38:4-10
4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head:
As an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and are corrupt
Because of my foolishness.
6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease:
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and sore broken:
I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before thee;
And my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me:
As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
This stinks! That is what David said about his condition in verse 5. He said, “My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.” A friend of mine got a cut and let it go untreated. Why? I have no idea. I suppose we of the male persuasion have to prove our manliness. We can be so tough that we become stupid. My friend neglected his wounds and they got seriously infected. It looked awful and it even had a nasty smell. I saw it, I smelled it and I gagged. (Should I confess that in a devotional?) He eventually went to the hospital and thankfully after some surgery, shots and stitches it got better. He could certainly say the words that David spoke in this Psalm, “my wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness”. In Psalm 38 David is confessing his sin and asking God for Mercy. He talks of extreme sickness and frankly, I do not know if he is being literal about his sickness or figuratively speaking of his sin. It is true that sickness is not always the direct result of God’s punishment of sin, like in the case of Job. Job was sick because of his faithfulness not some absence of faith. The condition of the blind man in John 9 was not his fault. The disciples assumed that his condition was the result of some sin he had committed or something that his parents had done, but Jesus corrected their false assumption. He said in John 9:3 “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” On the other hand, sometimes sickness is the result of sin. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:30 about those that had wrongly taken the Lord’s supper “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep”. Sickness and even death can come to the disobedient child of God because of their unconfessed sin. James taught that sin can bring sickness “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5:15) In our Psalm today, we know that David was sick, sin sick or sick because of sin, either way the results for him were misery. Sin stinks, and the longer it is untreated by the great Physician the more it stinks. Based upon what I have seen and have smelled, I urge you to not neglect your wounds especially the wounds of the soul. Quickly run to the Lord and like David confess your sin and let the healing process start.