18 Look [ra'ah] upon mine affliction [`oniy] and my pain [`amal]; and
forgive [nasa'] all my sins [chatta'ah]. KJV-Interlinear
upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins. NASB
Affliction, 'oniry,' means depression, misery, trouble, with the emphasis of one being looked down upon as scum, as worthless, as nothing.
Pain, 'amal,' is the wearing out effort of the burdens of life, labor, misery, sorrow, extended experience.
And so God is asked to look at the human condition. Humanity is nothing more or less than total depravity. Regardless of your specific circumstances, whether you are very well to do, or not so well to do, all of humanity is in the same boat of eternal condemnation unless the cure for that condition is acquired. And we know that the cure is faith in Christ.
Without faith in Christ there is no salvation and no good eternal future. So without faith then the good life now is of no effect when your life ends, and the bad life now would simply mean that you have been a loser for all of your existence.
But, when there is faith, and thus salvation, then you have a whole new set of rules, not the rules of the world, that will run your life and future.
Therefore, God looks upon you and sees your depravity, being human and all, and He likewise hears your confession, which restores you to fellowship, regardless of your situation, either good or bad.
The world promotes misery or delusion from reality, and truth gives you an edge to skirt around both misery and delusion.
Gods truth is the path to happiness even in this miserable world. Things or wealth are not happiness, but can be a distraction away from an eternity of happiness.
Misery is a great teacher and reminder of ones helplessness and dependence on God and on Gods grace, so long as you do not become bitter or arrogant. So you still have to learn doctrine.
Misery can keep your focus on what is real and what is important. God will not betray you. God will not leave you behind, so long as you pursue your spiritual life as He has defined it.
Do not look to your own misery or guilt or excuses or failure or blame, because God does not. He forgives and also wipes out your weaknesses giving you a clean slate day after day.
Instead focus on His grace, on His plan, on His doctrine, and advance toward the positives of eternity not on the positives of this world. In reality this world which is not of God, has no positives. So how could you rely on or look toward something that does not exist?
You can hustle through life looking for all of the fairness's, all of the rights you believe that you deserve, all of the equalities that you deem are your right, but you will never find them. Remove one bad thing, and a hundred more will take its place. This is the devils world and he is a master of philosophical disguise.
There is only one place of truth, of fairness, of equality, of opportunity, of happiness, of success, and that is in doctrine.
Your time will come, but not in this life, so prepare properly so you will be ready when it is your turn to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive your final grades for life.
Will you pass, or fail?
Pursue your daily bible study and your passing grade and much, much more, is a certainty. Remain indifferent or of your own opinion and your failure will be the final chapter of your life.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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