Meditation on Psalm 39:11

Psalm 39:11 says, "When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him…"

Sin is largely about our affections. It’s about what we desire and what we’re willing to sacrifice for what we desire. At the same time redemption is about affections. It’s about God changing our affections from our insane love for ourselves to that which is supremely lovely and valuable, Jesus Christ.

Now, this changing of affections is not easy, it is not without discipline and it is not without pain. That’s why the Psalmist says, "When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him." A large part of redemption is the process of God consuming the things which used to hold our affections and replacing those desires with an even greater affection for Jesus Christ.

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July 25 2011 04:00 am | Devotional

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