Meditation for 06/12/2019
“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.” (Psalm 38:18)
Confession is admitting our sins to God because we are troubled by them. We agree with God that we are sinful and need forgiveness. This is the first step to repentance. Repentance for sin is the escape route from divine punishment. David was sick and sought healing.
He was not in grief for his circumstances but for his sin. David had removed himself from God’s protective presence. Only he could pray for restoration to the Lord’s presence. Sin produced anger in Cain; terror in Saul but repentance in David. True repentance leads to faith.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, no one is more accountable for our sins, that we are. Therefore, only we can atone for our sins. Jesus did this for us, by going to the cross after being beaten, whipped and humiliated, then having His hands and feet nailed to the cross. He died for our sins, and three days later, He was resurrected and reigns alongside of You, Abba. Help us to always understand that sin separates us from You, and that only when we come before Your throne, repenting of our sins with a real penitent heart, that we received Your grace and mercy, by forgiving us of our sins; thus, restoring our relationship with You once again. Jesus is our Lord and Savior and in His name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Helping others is the best way of helping ourselves.”
“One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand,’ ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name Israel.” (Isaiah44:5)
This is a missionary text. Our salvation is never mature until we begin to see others confess the Lord and become part of His community. These outsiders confessed that they belonged to the covenant Lord and to the community of Israel.
Salvation, Confession: (Micah7:9)
Repentance and confession of sin do not guarantee immediate escape from trouble. God removes His disciplining judgment when He chooses. We can depend on Him to establish justice ultimately.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue.” (John12:42)
Confession is sometime hindered by fear of what others may think or do to. We should seek to build a community which encourages persons to confess their faith in Christ. This was at one time in our country a widely honored experience.
Faith leads to public testimony because its goal is not human praise. This outright rejection of Christ was foretold in Isaiah 6:10; 53:1. The write of this Gospel was convinced that in the historical chain of cause and effect every result follows a divine purpose. As it was in the days of Isaiah, so it was in the days of Jesus, and so it is in our day. A divine law teaches that sin causes blindness of the soul and a moral insensibility to spiritual truths.