This is the most important Psalm in my life. When Christ reveled His purpose in my life, it was this Psalm as repeated by Paul in Romans 4 that allowed me to accept Jesus as my redeemer.
These Words were personalize to me and let it be known that God could, would and in fact did forgive me of all the wrongs that I had done against Him. Let me tell you that there were many times that I caused grief to God and to those who were called Christians.
“When I kept quite about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me.
My vitality was drained away as with the fever of summer.”
Have you ever wondered why you feel so down when you do all those “fun” things of the world? When you got drunk, cheated others, worked the system or stepped over others to gain a job position, didn’t you also feel empty and void? That was God’s heavy hand working on you. Let me tell you, God’s hand was holding me down so much that my marriage was almost destroyed. That was His plan though, He knew that the only thing I cared about in my miserable life was my family. In order to save that, I finally chose to go to God, to accept Jesus as my sole option and because of that I was able to hear Him and acknowledge Him as my God.
I acknowledged my sin to Thee and my iniquity I did not hide;
I said ” I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”;
And thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.
It is the knowledge that our sins are forgiven that akes it possible to feel guilt free. The problem that faces us who are always seeking a closer walk with God is that we tend to cling to the guilt just a little bit longer. Satan does not want us to have a free Spirit with Salvation but wants us to always feel unworthy. David knew his guilt. God released him from it. David confessed it and it was pardoned. As great a sinner I was, David was even greater yet God chose to forgive because David took ownership of the sin. and yet, the great sin of Adam still claimed him as it claims each of us. Only Christ Jesus could atone for that sin.
Therefore let the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgement.
For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. NLT
Admitting that we are sinners even as we profess to be saved is being of a contrite heart. How are we to be saved from the floodwaters of God’s wrath? It is not by our own during but of God’s Mercy. Without confession of our wrong doing, their can not be mercy. Where do we hide in our sin? We can not hide from God, we can only hide in God. The Holy Spirit protects us from temptation, from our weakness and our worldly desires. In Him is our protection, He is our Life Song!
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathways for your life. I will advise and watch over you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control
You don’t know how many times I have been mule-headed about serving God. Before I experienced Jesus, I was a stubborn, thick headed and dogmatic fool. It was believe MY WAY or no way. Christ took me gently, compassionately and mercifully and said that I was his love. Do what you do because of My love for you and for no other reason. Jesus has been my guide in all things. (Sometimes I don’t listen very well and mess up – but I’m still trying the best I know how.) God does advise me, helps me and even scolds me. I know that He will watch over me all the days of my life.
Many sorrows come to to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.
So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey Him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
Yes shout for Joy! God’s everlasting kindness endures forever! It surrounds us like a blanket, a suit of armour, a fortress or strong wall. When we strive to obey God in all the ways of our lives, we are protected from doing what is evil in His sight!
God made us to be holy and blameless before Him. He called us to be Holy Children, as Jesus is Holy. So let us seek all that is pure. Let us give ourselves to God.