“Look on my affliction and my pain—and forgive all my sins.” Psalm 25:18
It is good for us when prayers about our sorrows, are linked with pleas concerning our sins—when, being under God’s hand, we are not wholly taken up with our pain, but remember our offenses against God.
It is good to take both sorrow and sin to the same place. It was to God, that David carried his sorrow—and it was to God, that David confessed his sin.
Even your little sorrows you may turn over to God—for He counts the hairs of your head!
And your great sorrows you may commit to Him—for He holds the ocean in the hollow of His hand!
Go to Him, whatever your present trouble, and you will find Him both able and willing to relieve you. But we must take our sins to God, too. We must carry them to the cross—that the blood may fall upon them, to purge away their guilt.
We are to go to the Lord with our sorrows and with our sins, in the right spirit: “Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.” Psalm 25:18
David cries, “Lord, as for my affliction and my pain, I will not dictate to Your wisdom. I will leave them to You; I would be glad if my pain were removed but do as You will. As for my sins, Lord, I must have them forgiven—I cannot endure to lie under their curse for a moment.”
A Christian counts sorrow lighter in the scale than sin. He can bear that his troubles should continue—but he cannot support the burden of his transgressions.
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) is one of the most widely read preachers in history and is known by many as the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon was pastor of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London. His works are now in the public domain.