15 LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when
my feet slip.”
17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause; those who hate me
without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me,
though I seek only to do what is good.
21 LORD, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.
1. Both Old and New testaments tell us that the Lord disciplines those
he loves. David, knowing that he was being disciplined by God,
felt wounded, weak, crushed, filled with searing pain. Rather than
trying to hide, or find excuses, or blames, David came to God with
his pain! Like a little child who turns to mommy for a hug after
being spanked, we are to turn to God with arms held out. When we
do, God , like any loving parent, will takes us up in his arms and
2. Despite the fact that David realized he was being disciplined for
sin, he was confident that God would answer his plea. How could
he be so sure? He said, “I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my
3. David understood what 1 John 1:9 conveys to us as a promise: “If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us.”
4. When have you experienced pain that was at least partly your fault?
How did you handle it? What can you learn from David’s example?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.