Bible Reference: Psalm 51:1-4
Translation: The Voice (VOICE)
Bible Text: 1 Look on me with a heart of mercy, O God,
according to Your generous love.
According to Your great compassion,
wipe out every consequence of my shameful crimes.
2 Thoroughly wash me, inside and out, of all my crooked deeds.
Cleanse me from my sins.
3 For I am fully aware of all I have done wrong,
and my guilt is there, staring me in the face.
4 It was against You, only You, that I sinned,
for I have done what You say is wrong, right before Your eyes…..
OBSERVATION: David – a warrior; a king; a woman’s man; a brave leader; yet he saw the need for rightness with God, and therefore confessed his sin, as he prepared to ask for God’s forgiveness. This is a great example for us today, as it teaches us the steps towards oneness with the eternal God. General confession might result in general forgiveness, but will you feel release from the guilt of a specific sin that was ultimately against God? Why not take a few moments to meditate with me on this Scripture today?
APPLICATION: In John 3:6 we are told that humans give birth to humans, but God gives birth to eternal life. David confessed that he was a sinner from birth, and I can boldly remind each of you that you and I are in the same position. This means that God will challenge us to make amends with Him and do exactly like David, confess our sin before Him. In David’s position, he owed no explanation to any man for his actions, however God sent His messenger to David to remind him that there is One who he is answerable to. Friends, let us be reminded that those deep dark secrets (sins) that may keep us up at night, are still blocking God’s view and His awesome touch on our lives. He longs to see the air cleared between us and our pure, holy God. You may have all the reasons in the world that caused you to sin, but please always remember what David said in these verses today – that sin is against God and God alone. Yes, fellow humans may have been hurt or disappointed in you for some sin, but the sin separates you from God and therefore breaks that awesome relationship you could really have with Him. Just as Nathan challenged David, may I challenge you to consider the sin that may be interfering with your relationship with the Master of this Universe – the only One that will love you unconditionally right to the end? God loved us from the time we were born, but we put roadblocks in the way of that love through our sin and disregard of our Savior. It’s time to clear that up my friend, why not get before God in prayer today and say like David – please wash me of my sin; create a right spirit in me; and restore the joy of my salvation, so that I may once again be one in spirit, love and communion with my Savior?
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am reminded that, for as long as I remain in this world I will be tempted by Satan and often led to sin against You. Please help me to daily reconcile my weakness and my sin before You so that I may be one with You. Please create within me a clean heart and an upright spirit, so that I may live according to Your commands and in the light of Your precious Word. Thank You precious Lord for loving even me, and caring for this child of the King. Many who will read this devotional will be brothers and sisters in the Lord. Please deal mercifully in their hearts I pray. AMEN!