Most accept that David is in deep mourning over his sin with Bathsheba and is in such shape that he is suffering physically, spiritually and emotionally. The current practice of engaging in deep sin, quoting a verse with a smile and going on as though it was nothing is foreign to biblical experience. John Trapp wrote concerning this, “That eye of his that had looked and lusted after his neighbour's wife is now dimmed and darkened with grief and indignation. He has wept himself almost blind.” John Trapp.
The primary point in the verse is the loss of vision. The “wasteth” means withered, or dried up and is the loss of positive vision expressed in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision the people perish:”
The malaise in the modern church is, in part, the result of failing to meet sin head on with a contrite heart, thus resulting in loss of clear vision to the truly important things in the believing life.
Helen Keller stated it well, “The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.”
Christ expressed it like this: “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35
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