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Forgiveness is a Process
Bible Passage Psalm 38: 1-22
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Psalm.

Forgiveness is a Process

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 17, 2022

1 LORD! Do not rebuke me in your anger; do not correct me in your wrath,

2 because your arrows have sunk deep into me, and your hand has come down hard on me.

3 My body is unhealthy due to your anger, and my bones have no rest due to my sin.

4 My iniquities loom over my head; like a cumbersome burden, they are too heavy for me.

5 My wounds have putrefied and festered because of my foolishness.

6 I am bent over and walk about greatly bowed down; all day long I go around mourning.

7 My insides are burning and my body is unhealthy.

8 I am weak and utterly crushed; I cry out in distress because of my heart’s anguish.

9 Lord, all my longings are before you, and my groaning is not hidden from you.

10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me, even the gleam in my eye is gone.

11 As for my friends and my neighbors, they stand aloof from my distress; even my close relatives stand at a distance.

12 Those who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek to do me harm brag all day long about their wicked planning.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, and like the mute, who cannot open his mouth.

14 Indeed, I have become like a man who hears nothing, and in whose mouth there is no rebuke.

15 Because I have placed my hope in you, LORD, you will answer, Lord, my God.

16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat over me, as they congratulate themselves when my foot slips.”

17 Indeed, I am being set up for a fall, and I am continuously reminded of my pain.

18 I confess my iniquity, and my sin troubles me.

19 But my enemies are alive and well; those who hate me for no reason are numerous.

20 They reward my good with evil, opposing me because I seek to do good.

21 Don’t forsake me, LORD. My God, do not be so distant from me.

22 Come quickly and help me, Lord, my deliverer.

David believed that God paid him back for his sins with sickness (Psalm 6) or strong opposition from the enemy (Psalm 25).

In David’s prayer of confession in Psalm 38, both thoughts appear, that he needed to offer certain sacrifices.

As the suffering David cries to God for mercy, he admits that, because of his sin, he deserves what he has got (verse,1-4), – God’s anger came upon him, which made him fell sick.

David vividly describes the sickness, sores, and pain that he has to endure (verses 5-7), but his inner suffering is much greater. It leaves him crushed and repentant before God (verse 8-10).

The friends and relatives had already distanced themselves. Friends forsake him and enemies plot against him (11-12), but he bears their slanders as if he cannot hear them and cannot reply to them (13-14).

David still trusted the process. Only God is the motive. He can only leave the matter in God’s hands and trust that his downfall will give his enemies no cause to gloat over him or dishonor God (15-17).

Although he has confessed his sins, his enemies still persecute him. He prays that God will not leave him alone in his hour of grief (18-22).

🔷 We need to confess our sins to God and request pardon from Him.

🔷 Friends and loved ones may never be faithful to the end. When you expect too much from them, you may end up in disappointment.

🔷 We must endure in our suffering, and still keep to God to restore us

💥 Confess your sins to God
💥 Pray that you will be humble to take the punishment for your sins

When we fall into temptations as a result of our inability to overcome sin, we should be ready to face the shame and chastisement from God. Though we should confess our sins, we should allow God to deal with us the way He pleases, such that even when we suffer greatly or are mocked by enemies, we should know that God will surely heal and restore us with time.


In series Bright Morning Reflections