Thursday meditation music ment:
“[ A David Psalm ] Take a deep breath, God; calm down— don’t be so hasty with your punishing rod. Your sharp-pointed arrows of rebuke draw blood; my backside smarts from your caning.”
This morning I drove a friend to the emergency room to check out a problem with the back. From the cringing going on, I believe the pain resembled labor pains. Years ago I had problems with my back–I understand that pain also. The first thing the doctor asked was, “What did you do to hurt your back?” My friend had no specific incident to report, and the doctor said it could be caused by simply leaning over to tie a shoe or to pick up a penny off the floor. Spasm happen when muscles are weakened or overused and can stop you in your tracks.
In Psalm 38, David asked God to calm down—a rather bold request—and not use the punishing rod. He felt as if he had been plumat4ed by sharp arrows and from a caning on the back. The kind of pain Dave spoke of is like when I do something that hurts someone that I love. Often unintentional, but times when I’ve bend out of shape emotionally. Forgiveness is the muscle relaxer to take away that kind of pain.
Thank you, Lord, for showing the act of forgiveness through your son, Jesus, and for making it possible for others to forgive me. Amen.