May 8, 2017. Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36, & 39
In Order. Detect It, Hate It
David is an incredible writer. He writes with raw emotion and does not hold back or shy away from the hard truth that sometimes needs to be said. All of these chapters have something you need to hear, but chapter 36 is one of the more challenging one. It holds harsh truths, but loving promises follow.
Warning: prepare yourself, this is not going to be easy, and you may not like what is going to be asked of you.
1 I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b]
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
When reading through this Psalm, replace they/their with you/your.
Ouch. Does any of that ring true? Are you so wrapped up in your life that you cannot see the sin that has crept into your life?
If your heart sank a little, or you started to defend your actions, or you are just sitting there shaking your head no and possibly tearing up a little. Know this: GOD LOVES YOU STILL!
5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Take refuge in Him. Let him show you His love, let him champion you, let him be your Savior, your strength. God wants to be all of that and so much more. Run to him and pour out your fears, failures, and faults. Just as David sees this and realizes that it is ok to admit you struggle with sin, know that it is ok to admit that you fall and you are not perfect. It is ok. Here is the but, remember to repent, strive to follow God in everything, do not become blind to the sin in your life. Detect it, hate it, and take refuge in the Lord, he is waiting for you with open arms.