Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, September, 2015

posted Aug 31, 2015, 8:58 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 8:58 AM ]

The Remedy For Messing Up

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.

— Psalm 51:4

David is said to have written Psalm 51 after being convicted of great sin (see chapters 11 and 12 of 2 Samuel - Pastor Tim has been preaching about this in recent weeks). This heartfelt cry of acknowledgment and conviction over blatant sin reflects King David's grief over his failure to obey God. David was seeking to gain restoration of the most important relationship in his life, his relationship with Almighty God.

David recognized that his sinfulness had separated him from God, so he prayed to be reconciled with God—and he counted on God’s steadfast love and mercy to restore their relationship. Grace and forgiveness are about transformation—about a willing spirit, a spirit that wants to change; and about a broken spirit, a spirit that recognizes it is totally dependent on God.

The Apostle Paul talks about that kind of transformation when he states with full con­fidence that one thing is sure and worthy of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).

There is no heart so hard, no anger so bitter, and no spirit so willful that it is beyond the reach of God’s grace and forgiveness.

What David and Paul learned is that God is committed to loving us forever. God promises to walk with us, to love and care for us, to mend our scraped knees when we fall down, and to wipe away our tears. This is our merciful God—our God who loves us, no matter what.

In what ways has God shown you mercy? Thanks be to God for the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ. According to the Message translation, “If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God” (1 John 1:8-10).

We all need to echo the prayer of David from Psalm 51:10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Amen.

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

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