For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. Psalm 38:4
During a move from a one house to a new one people have to move all of their belongings. Usually some of those belongings are heavy pieces of furniture. Sometimes some of those pieces of furniture are so heavy that one cannot move alone. There is help needed to lift them up safely. They become a burden that an individual cannot solve without the help of some other person or group of people.
David is weary and worn out due to sin. He now states that his iniquities, or sin, are way over his head and are a like a heavy burden too heavy for him to carry.
Any time a person has a task that is extremely difficult, it is seen as a heavy burden. It is a burden to figure out how to handle that task. Some tasks are so great that people will lose sleep and even health over them, breaking them down mentally and physically.
One task that many people try to deal with on their own is dealing with the effects of sin in their lives. Sin can become an extremely heavy burden to bear, especially once a person has become a believer and knows what God requires and recognizes the penalty for sin.
Sin, no matter how small or great it is, comes with the penalty of death. Facing death is a burden too great for most people to carry on their own.
Instead of carrying the burden of sin, people need to be willing to confess the sin and repent of the sin before God. In His infinite and perfect love, grace and mercy He is read and willing to forgive one of any sin. He will lift that burden off of the believer.
Like every other person, you will have times in which you make a bad choice and sin against God. From the moment you sin, you begin to carry a burden. That burden is the weight of sin and its penalty of death, a burden too great for you to carry on your own. It will tear you down physically, mentally and spiritually.
Do not continue to try and carry it on your own. Confess your sin and give it to Jesus. He can carry it. Allow Him to remove the guilt of sin and give you new life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not try to carry your sin, but that you will give all of your sin over to God to be removed; that you will know the mercy God has for you in forgiving you; and that you will allow God to carry any burden too great for you.
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