“Deliver me from all my transgressions…”

Psalm 39:8

I find that it’s sometimes hard to connect to the Psalms not because my life doesn’t feel miserable sometimes like the Psalmist, but a lot of times he finds the source of his pain to be his enemies.

More often than not, the misery of my life is not because of my enemies, but because of me.

I’ve been meditating on this Psalm, and I find this prayer to be most appropriate to me.

Deliver me from all my transgressions.

It is a prayer out of a recognition that a lot of the reasons why my life sucks is not things done to me (victim), but because I have caused them (screw-up). I’m glad this prayer is in the Psalms because this is a prayer which certainly fits me these days.