Are You Aging Prematurely?

“When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer.”

Psalm 32:3-4

Ponder This

Do you know what happened to David in these verses? He had premature aging. There’s nothing that will prematurely age a Christian like unconfessed sin. But there was also inward groaning, agony on the inside. David spoke of his roaring “all the day long.” When God saves you, He does not fix you up where you cannot sin anymore, but He fixes you where you cannot sin and enjoy it anymore. The most miserable man on Earth is not a lost man; it’s a saved man out of fellowship with God. Here was David, a saved man, speaking of the aging that came upon him, the pressure that was there, the inward roaring and the groaning that was there.

God had David in His hand, and God’s heavy hand was weighing on David. When a child of God sins, God doesn’t look the other way. God moves in and brings conviction. It was the heavy hand of God upon David’s life that was convicting him of the thing that he had done. Day and night, the thing David had done so etched itself upon his conscience that it seemed like God was squeezing the very life out of him. But God loved David enough to do this so that David would be restored.

  • When have you had an experience like what David described here?
  • When have you experienced the relief that comes from true confession and repentance?

Practice This

Repent of any unconfessed sin in your life so you might experience renewed fellowship with God.