Thursday, March 13, 2014

Psalm 32:8-11 (ESV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Life is hectic, crazy, and can be extremely overwhelming.  There are so many distractions and options to deter us away from a life devoted to God.  Often it can feel as though life is controlling us and not the other way around, and that the circumstances we are in determine how we live, what we do, and what we prioritize.  We look to so many other things for direction and purpose yet continue to end up lost and going through life relying on our own strength.  It can be hard to find true joy when life continues to throw a wrench in our plans and when rest comes at a premium.

The psalmist here is helping to redirect us to accept God’s teaching and instruction and not be like a bridled horse.  God longs to guide us with love and wisdom but our own stubbornness and need for instant gratification cause us to lose sight of God’s instruction and wisdom.  This requires our faith to be put into practice, to trust in God and in God’s timing.  We must believe that when God says “he will be with us where ever we go”, that He “will never leave us or forsake us.”

In a society where immediacy means everything, patience can become extremely difficult but we must trust in the Lord and be glad in Him.  In the midst of the craziness of life rejoice and shout for joy that we worship the one true God who is actively involved in each of our lives guiding us and illuminating the paths onto which we are to go.

Heavenly Father, may I truly trust in You and Your holy word.  Grant me wisdom that I may know Your truths and Your ways and grant me patience to work in Your timing.  May Your Holy Name be glorified in all the earth.  Amen


Wednesday, March12, 2014

Psalm 32:5-7

I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.  Selah

Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.  Selah

It is easy for us to go through our lives not acknowledging our sin as sin.  We do a lot of things to not have to acknowledge our sin.  We ignore it, cover it up, pretend it doesn’t exist, rationalize it and justify it.  We even categorize our sins into “little” and “big” sins to make ourselves feel better.  For example, we call something a “little white lie” when in the eyes of the Lord a lie is a lie.  The consequences may be different, but the sin is the same.

It is only through acknowledging our sin we can confess it to the Lord.  The Lord already knows every sin we have committed, are committing or will commit and He loves us in spite of them.  But, He still wants us to acknowledge them before Him and seek His forgiveness.  If we are to call ourselves followers of Christ, we need to honor His sacrifice on the cross and confess our sins, seek His forgiveness and repent.  It all starts with acknowledging our sin as sin.  Spend some time with the Lord asking Him to help you acknowledge the sin in your life, seek His forgiveness and repent.

Gracious Father, You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.  We thank You for Your sacrifice and honor You by confessing our sins before You today.  We ask for Your forgiveness and we choose to turn from our sinful ways today.  Thank You that your grace is sufficient enough to cover all our sins.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11

Psalm 32:1-4 (ESV)

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.  Selah

King David, the writer of Psalm 32, was a sinful man in need of forgiveness and grace.  David had an affair with a married woman.  When he found out that she was pregnant, David had her husband, Uriah, killed in battle.  The bible says,

When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband.  And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.  But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.  2 Samuel 11:26-27 (ESV)

Sin displeased God.  Like David, we all sin.  We may not commit murder or adultery, but we all sin.

Sin hurts.  It hurts spiritually by separating us from God and harming our relationship with Him.  It also hurts physically when we are weighed down by the burden and consequence of unconfessed sin.

God does not want us to be separated from Him.  He desires a relationship with us.  We must confess our sins and repent, then our merciful God will forgive us.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:8-9))

Are you carrying the weight of unconfessed sin?  Take a moment and talk to God.    He is faithful and will forgive you.

Happy is the person whose sin is forgiven!

Merciful God, I am a sinner in need of forgiveness.  I am thankful that You are always faithful and just to forgive us.  Thank You for the mercy and grace You pour out on us daily.  Amen.