“I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.” Psalms 119:26
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” Psalms 32:5
The writer has been looking into the Word and allowing it free course in his thoughts and deeds. It has led him to see himself for what he really is and he declares it before God.
When is the last time you agreed with God about yourself?
I remember many years ago, I was sitting in the choir loft before church. Now, I am not a vain person and honestly never really feel very pretty, but I do like to have my makeup and hair done – especially when I am at church. (Mama told me when I was 12 that my barn needed painting and I have been wearing makeup ever since. LOL!)
Well, there I was that day, sitting in the choir and minding my own business, when another church member came up the stairs and stopped right in front of me. I smiled and thought we were about to have a conversation about what was in our crockpots at home, but she squinted her eyes, cocked her head to one side and said, “You know, you look like a raccoon. You wear too much makeup.”
I remember the tears that burned my eyes as she moved on past me and church began. Everyone around me had heard her and silence fell over the entire soprano section. I stood and sang the opening hymn, but inside I was embarassed and frankly, pretty mad. I had a list of things I wanted to say to that woman by the time the invitation rolled around and NONE of them were nice.
Now, that is a humorous story of something that happened to me and how someone pointed out something about me that they thought needed changing. My pride wanted to cause some real contention that Sunday, trust me!
But, that can’t be how I react when God’s Word points out something that is wrong in my life!
When the Holy Spirit of God convicts me of sin, I shouldn’t just leave it for another day or another hour. I can’t be embarrassed or become angry at Him. I ought to act immediately upon what He, in His perfectness, has shown me.
Confessing to God out loud and naming our sin is humbling and puts us in the right position in front of a Holy God. It reminds us of who we are and how much He loves us because He made a way to accept us in the Beloved. Down on our knees in our prayer closet, we become mindful of His power and His glory in light of our fleshly shortcomings.
And guess what?
He listens to us.
We want God’s attention, right? We want Him to teach us and help us, right? Well, those things are possible when we decide to come clean and get honest with Him.
Just imagine if every Christian in the entire world got on their face tomorrow and repented of their errors and agreed with God about their sins. Revival would happen. We would all be so busy searching the Scriptures to learn more about God that we wouldn’t have time to bicker and fuss or complain. We would become so full of His forgiveness that we would be more than willing to offer it to someone else who has wronged us.
The psalmist wasn’t letting pride stand in his way of communing with God and learning more about Him. He got things right and taken care of first. And God inspired him to write about it!
We need to do the same thing the psalmist did! Come clean!
As we dwell in His Word and It points out places in our hearts that need attention, we need to take care of business with Him.
I’m glad God deals graciously with me and has never made fun of me or dealt unkindly with me like that lady did that day. I’m glad I serve a God that has my betterment in mind when He convicts me. And that makes me want Him to teach me more.
I hope you find time to agree with God today and don’t let pride hold you back.
(And I really hope no one calls you a raccoon!)
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Todays reading: Numbers 24 / Isaiah 63 – 64 / Psalm 108 / Luke 4