Aaahhhhh!! Forgiveness! It washes over me like warm water on a cold day. Am I perfect? Last time I checked…NO! Do I make mistakes? More times than I can count. Do I hurt others? Sometimes I do but it is never my intention. Am I above reproach? None of us are! We are ALL sinners, saved by grace, and walking in mercy…every last one of us! But if we truly repent, beg for forgiveness, and ask for healing and restoration, then guess who absolutely provides it? JESUS!!! Who cares what the world does or says?
Psalm 51:1-9 – Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Have mercy on me, O GOD!! I didn’t read, have mercy on me, O Susie or Jack or Bill. Did you? Why are we always trying so desperately to prove ourselves to PEOPLE who already have what they think is a clear view of who you are, what you stand for, and what you should do about it? Sure, if you are wrong, ask for forgiveness and show humility, offer your own forgiveness, but do NOT beg one more person to stay in your life. You have the LORD! GOD forgives, even our trangressions against others, even the ones we don’t even know about.
Psalm 51:10-17 – Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
I absolutely love this. Examine ME, Lord. Create in ME a pure heart. Help me to help OTHERS through this difficult time!! Remind me, Lord, that I was BORN a sinner with a natural inclination to please myself first but I want to please YOU, God, and NO ONE ELSE!. Cleanse me from within, Father, for my desire is a willing spirit to move on in this life!! Bless those who have blessed me, Lord. Increase their territory. Lead them in the way everlasting. And grant them peace! But this contrite heart and broken spirit, Lord, is YOURS. Do with it as you wish!
I read something recently that rocked me to my core. It was something that Sarah Jakes wrote and it speaks CLEARLY to the situations I face today:
“The confusing part of owning YOUR truth is fearing that people will say you are being prideful, or that making peace with your past means you are not sorry it occurred. How long do we want people to carry their sentence? How many years do you hold your head down in the face of grace? I just wonder if our greatest disservice to God is doubting the strength of HIS grace and mercy. Perhaps we throw stones too soon and speak love too late. I wonder if we focus more on showing the love of God that we could embody the beauty of being in His will. One has to wonder why we insist on placing so many boundaries on who God can use. If they don’t come packaged in the way we like, we dismiss them altogether. Some of us are broken miracles. We get to remind the world God can break us to bless others. You are more than enough with HIM!”
You can read Psalm 49-52 and bask in the beautiful poetic musical prayers of those long ago at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Psalm
To further your reading, consider this from:
Acts 3:19-20 – Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
We must acknowledge our OWN personal sin and turn away from it. Spiritualy refreshment comes when God washes our sins away but it isn’t always easy to confess things when we are trying so desperately to prove our worth to PEOPLE. Admit your own disobedience and turn to the One who has the power to heal you. Drink from the well that never runs dry!