For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. ~Psalm 38:4
Have you ever felt like you were over your head in something? Being over your head is an idiom that describes how you feel about a situation that is occurring in your life. David was over his head in a situation that he could not undo. Everyone who knew something about David’s situation doubted his credibility. He was bewildered and at an extreme moment in his life. Let us see what David did when he was over his head.
We see David in his filth.
David had committed a heinous sin. This psalm followed David’s sin with Bathsheba. Under the law, David should have been stoned to death for his punishment. David thought he was above the law. At this point of his life, his disobedience caught up with him. David said, “Mine iniquities are gone over mind head.” He was saying, “I am way over my head in sins I’ve committed.” He further described his sins as a burden too heavy for him to bear. How do you view sin in your life, especially unconfessed sin? We must come to the place where we do not treat sin lightly in our lives. All sin is filth.
We see David and his fear.
“O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.” David was shaking in his soul and in his body. He knew he messed up and was fearful as to God’s chastening hand in his life. When we get to the place of realizing how terrible sin is in our life, we, too, will be fearful as to the consequences with God. Paul told the sinning Hebrew believers, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
We see David and his floundering.
“For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” David speaks of his disease. It is possible he contracted a disease after his sin. On the other hand, spiritually speaking he felt like he was rotting within his soul and body because of what he did. David spoke of being disquieted. He was under deep sin conviction. He was restless and hurting. David was discredited and disrespected. Friends, family, and lovers withdrew from him. All who were close to him did not want to have any association with a man who was guilty of capital crimes. David was way over his head!
We see David in his full disclosure.
“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” David had enough of living with unconfessed sin. He made a full disclosure to God that he sinned and that he was very sorrowful about it. David exercised godly sorrow over his sin. He repented and sought restoration with God. Even though he made a confession, he knew that his troubles would not go away. His enemies intensified their fight against him and used what he did against him. Regardless of whether people change their opinions of us or not, it is always the right thing to make a full confession of our sins.
We see David and his forward look.
“They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.” David determined to do the right thing. David kept the right perspective in calling on the Lord to help him. When we are over our head, we must always do the right thing and make sure we are leaning on the Lord for our help.
Don’t let your situation drown you in sorrow, hopelessness, and despair. There is a way out of an overwhelming situation. God never leaves us or forsakes us. Do what is right and keep your eyes on the Lord.
Have a victorious God Morning!
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