Lay your burden down

“Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Saviour, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.” (Psalm 51:14 NIVUK) In a letter to the Inland Revenue, a man admitted not having been able to sleep because he had deliberately misrepresented his income in his previous year’s tax return. He wrote, “I am enclosing a cheque for £150 and, if I still can’t sleep, I’ll send you the rest.” Sin affects people in various ways and at different levels. Often, as in the case of King David, there is no way of reversing the actual outcome of the wrongdoing. His adultery with Bathsheba and subsequent killing of her husband were irretrievable acts. However, the deep guilt he still felt at these heinous acts was something David needed to address. Aware that he could not achieve this in his own strength, he turned to God for help. A London psychologist once told Dr. Billy Graham that he estimated some 70% of patients in mental institutions could be discharged if only they could find forgiveness. Their problem was a bad conscience, and they could gain no relief from the guilt, which plagued their minds daily. If you feel weighed down by anything today, please lay that burden down before the LORD.