THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, October 29, 2018
TOPIC: SAPPED STRENGTH?
The NIV renders the verse we are to memorise today thus: For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
Honest confession is good for the soul, and seemingly also for the body.
David’s language clearly suggests that his mental state of guilt was causing him physical pain and torture, as well: bones wasted away (line 3), and strength sapped (line 4). Health officers today recognise the close ling between psychological stress and physical maladies. The expression “psychosomatic disease” which has been part of health professionals’ language for decades, refers to physical symptoms caused largely by psychological processes.
Guilt, as does any other strong adverse emotion, causes immediate deterioration in behaviour and can, in the long run, destroy physical health. But for those who know the Lord, there is no need of putting themselves at risk. David’s testimony reveals the antidote for guilt: I acknowledged my sins to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin (Line 5).
Thus, shame, remorse, sadness, and hopelessness caused by guilt can vanish through the Lord’s wonderful forgiveness, and joy and happiness would come instead (line 11). The sinner’s situation gets worsened, and his strength definitely gets sapped, when he refuses to translate the feeling of guilt for his wrongdoings to acknowledgement of such misdeeds. It is insufficient to get remorseful for the sin committed. Acknowledge the sin(s) with truly godly sorrow, repentance follows this, and your joy gets back and better. His grace is still sufficient for this; you can rise again!
1. Oh Lord, I don’t conceal any longer, the wrong I did, restore my joy of salvation.
2. Honestly confess to God those wrong deeds you have committed; ask for His mercy and forgiveness, even on those you can’t immediately remember.
3. Pray that God should give our youths in the different institutions of learning the inner strength to say uncompromising, ‘NO’ to the lure of cultism, prostitution, and other social vices
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 14 – 16
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE