We have all experienced discipline at one time or another. Some of us may have needed more than others, but from time to time we all do need our walk corrected. We need our attitudes checked, our actions chastised.
The psalmist experienced it too. “The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” Psalm 118:18-21
When we discipline our children, it is out of a heart of love. We don’t want them to go the wrong way or do the wrong things. So, we impose consequences for behavior that misses the mark. Hopefully the consequences became a gentle reminder not to repeat those actions. And so, it is with God’s discipline. He wants our total devotion, so sometimes the chastening comes. And hopefully it will stand as a gentle reminder that we don’t want to repeat those actions ever again.
But the beauty here is that this psalmist could then rejoice. Discipline is not pleasant when it is happening, but rewarding when we look back and see that God drew us closer to His heart. Remember, that God disciplines those He loves.
Father, help me to remember that discipline or rebuke are not meant to draw me away, but to make me run closer.