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 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.
4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV)