Monday Psalm Devotional
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Setting the Stage for Growth
Have you ever felt your sins are too great to be forgiven? Or perhaps been full of distress due to your iniquities? This is your soul yearning to be right and one with God, it has felt the weight of being cut off from its Creator. This is conviction and it is our life line. God sometimes allows us to go deep in the muck to teach us how to learn and grow closer to Him.
David expresses his extreme anguish for his sins in this Psalm. He is pleading with God to teach him His ways, to forget his past and deliver him from his enemies. David’s response to sin is the picture of how sin causes conviction and moves us into repentance and spiritual growth.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
To glean the most from this distress we must know HOW to learn. How does one learn to grow? Read ahead!
This is not a “how-to” devotional study, the Holy Spirit is the only One who can teach you to grow, this is merely a humble nudging to open up your heart to His leadership.
Learning to Grow
David displays 3 elements in this Psalm that are key to spiritual growth:
- Godly Fear
David’s distress over sin was his trial and test. But he asked to grow through it. God heard and what had been wrought in evil, God turned into good. We can get the most out of trials if we learn to let God guide us into growth. We must replace/change our views and have a teachable attitude.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Humility is a repentant heart wanting to change, mature, and grow. We cannot expect to grow if we are not humble. This not only applies to our spiritual lives but also to our daily physical lives. Stubbornness and pride stagnate growth. Men of great faith like Abraham, David, and Paul, had to learn humility to grow, and this did not happen overnight. The beauty about humility is that it opens oneself to hearing God’s guidance, accepts it and puts it into practice-something that arrogance could never do.
Leonard Ravenhill told about a group of tourists who were visiting a popular little village. As they were walking past an old man sitting beside a fence, one of the tourists asked, “Were there any great men born in this village?” The old man replied, “No, only babies.” Growth takes time, but you will remain in the same place until you learn to be humble.
2. Godly Fear
Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant.
Fearing the LORD is not about being afraid of Him. Godly fear is having a deep reverence for the LORD, to stand in awe before Him. Those who revere God have godly insights and wisdom; God reveals Himself to those who fear Him. In our acknowledgment of God, in our deep respect for our Creator, and in our humility to worship Him, God shares His wisdom with us- there’s nothing that could ever surpass this opportunity for growth. Through this window, God promises to be our friend and our teacher.
May intergrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Expect God to work in your heart. You have humbled yourself to listen, you have revered God with sincerity, and now you must expectedly wait with faith that God will work with what you have given Him. This is the easiest, yet hardest step. Why? Because we must rebel against our own humanity. After all that we have set aside to get closer to God, altering our attitude in the process, must sit and wait; feed our spirit with faith.
But rest assured that God will keep His promises, what we sow in tears, we shall reap with joy (Psalm 126:5). Through trials or the repercussions of our sin, be sure that God is always faithful to bring His work in you to completion, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6).
Sometimes we ask ourselves: why do we learn our most valuable lessons in the midst of trials and tribulations? And, why do we grow the most in hard times?
Because we cannot grow without being stretched. Yes, it hurts, but we are so comfortable in good times, that the only way God can get our attention is through pain.We cannot grow without being stretched. Click To Tweet
To get the most from our trials, we must learn to develop a teachable attitude in order to grow spiritually
Read the last Devotional in the Psalms Series———–>
DELIGHTING IN THE LAW