Scripture: Psalm 25:16-18 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
Devotional: King David’s prayers recorded in the Psalms are some of the most authentic and transparent expressions of human emotion. In this psalm, David gives us a hint of what can contribute to our affliction – sin. Although David was considered a “man after God’s own heart”, he was also acquainted with the depravity of sin, and the consequences and destruction that sin would reap in his life, and in the lives of those around him.
It’s critical to recognize that sometimes, our feelings of loneliness can, in part, be a result of feeling separated from God because of our sin. Anytime you face loneliness, time alone with God is critical, because it gives opportunity for you to be convicted by the Holy Spirit of your sin, and to confess that sin before God and receive His gracious forgiveness.
Never underestimate the power of confession in the midst of your emotional struggles. When you’re not OK, a time of self examination is in order. David wrote: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”(Psalm 139:23). Would you do the same?
- Spend some time in prayer confessing your sins.