Godly Sorrow

“Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for Your law is not obeyed.” -Psalm 119:136 

As the psalmist desires to persevere in faith and obedience, he begins to see even more the contrast between holiness and evil. This is a mark of spiritual maturity, when the Christian awakens to the sinfulness of the world and it grieves him. God opens our eyes to the stark contrast of what is lovely versus what breaks His heart. He is helping us see what He already sees. The world is on fire, rushing to and fro from one crisis to another. Like the curse brought upon Cain, Adam’s race becomes restless wanderers. 

Satan loves nothing more than to destroy or pervert all that is good. The psalmist sees this happening before his eyes and it moves him to sorrow. When others disobey and rebel against our Heavenly Father it should move us to grief as well. Would we not get upset if someone maligned a person we love? How much more do we respond when God’s honor is mocked? Matthew Henry comments on this verse noting, “The sins of sinners are the sorrows of saints. We must mourn for that which we cannot mend.” May we react like the psalmist, with a broken heart over sin in the world. This is why Jesus came and died. The world is not now as it should be, but our hope as Christians lies in what is to come. There is restoration for those who know Jesus Christ as Lord. Our faith will become sight. This life is temporary and not our Home. We long for a better country, a heavenly one, whose Builder and Maker is God. Jesus came and He is coming again. Let this promise be our comfort. Come Lord Jesus. Come quickly.

Grace upon grace,


Growing deeper: John 14:1-7; 2 Corinthians 4; Hebrews 11:13-16; Revelation 21:1-5

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