What Good Friday tells me about myself

It’s Good Friday. Here’s what today tells me about myself, from Psalm 38.

My sin is troubling – v3 – “There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.”

The Bible continually asserts the fact that the most dreadful thing about me is that I am a sinner. I cannot help myself but to sin.

My wounds are stinking – v5  – “My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness”

Because of sin and the depths of my sinful nature, the wounds that have been left are rotten to the core.

good_fridayMy heart is yearning – v 10 – “My heart throbs; ”

I have completely lost, alone and without hope in this world.

My strength is failing – v10 – “my strength fails me”

I try to be good. I try to make a difference. I set my goals and write my lists. At it works … for a while. I’m tired of trying.

I can align myself and compare myself to others, and pretend that I’m not that bad, but since when did that help me?

My friends are forsaking – v11 – “My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.”

My sorrow is continuing – v17 – “For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.”

I am constantly reminded that I’m not good enough, strong enough, or wise enough.

My Lord Saves – v22 – “Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”

By His grace I’m saved. Not because I’m worthy, but He is worthy. Not because I’ve worked to earn His affection but He has won mine.

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