Sometimes people make decisions to think or act in a way that contradicts what God has said. Psalm 38 speaks of the result of wrong decisions in one man’s life. King David sinned, and then covered his sin. He did not face God with honesty for one year. He paid a serious penalty in his emotions and body. “I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go mourning all day long. For my loins are filled with burning. And there is no soundness in my flesh. I am benumbed and badly crushed; I groan because of the agitation of my heart” (Psalm 38:6-8, NAS).
The psalmist’s emotions were burning with reaction and anxiety. They were not responding according to God’s original design. Psalm 16:7 tells us how to renovate our emotions. “I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night season.” When we saturate our minds with God’s Word, our emotions respond accordingly – even in the night seasons or dark times of our lives.
As we receive His counsel, wisdom will control our emotions in times of testings. God desires to renovate every believer’s emotions so that they can say with Daniel, “Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoiceth. My flesh shall rest in hope” (Psalm 16:9).