Heavy the toll.

Psalm 31 9-13. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble:
Mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing:
My strength failed because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies,
But especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintance:
They that did see me without fled from me.
12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind:
I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the slander of many:
Fear was on every side:
While they took counsel together against me,
they devised to take away my life.

These verses reflect the heavy toll that sin takes on our life. When we fall into its bondage, everything begins to fall apart. Friends and neighbors avoid us, afraid to come near us. The psalmist understood how we might feel when caught in the trap of sin and continual failure. But he also knew that God is merciful and ready to help us when we call out to him. God is willing to forgive and empower us if we will only look to him for help.

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