QUIETLY turn Your eyes to me and be compassionate toward me
because I am lonely and persecuted.
RAPIDLY my heart beats as troubles build on the horizon.
Come relieve me from these threats.
SEE my troubles and my misery,
and forgive all my sins.
Watch over my soul,
and let me face shame and defeat
UNASHAMED because You are my refuge.
May honor and strong character keep me safe.
VIGILANTLY I wait for You, hoping, trusting. Psalm 25:16-21
When we finally admit to being lonely and afflicted, we often try to medicate our way back to health. But at the heart of the distress and shame is a word that has been nearly banished from our contemporary vocabulary: sin.
The Bible tells us that it is the sinful nature that separates us from God and leaves us vulnerable to the suffering of this world. Sin inflicts us with the weight of guilt and regret from the accumulated memories of past acts. Alone, we cannot bear the burden. We must unload it or we will be crushed. We fear the future, and we anguish over what is to come. Our days become crowded with worries and we lose all sense of joy. That is why David turns to the One who can bring real healing and says “I take refuge in you….my hope is in you.” Eric Kampmann Signposts