Saturday, January 10, 2015

Remember How Guilt Feels?

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Do you recall the intense emotion you felt the last time you realized the seriousness of your sin, and that the consequence of that sin would be severe?

In King David’s day, adultery was a capital offense – worthy of death. And his sin was magnified when he ordered the death of a man to hide his adultery with the man’s wife.

Since the next two verses are so closely related, we will memorize and/or meditate on both verses this week as we continue making our way through Psalm 51, one verse (or two!) per week.

Psalm 51: (NIV)
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
   and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.

Psalm 51:14-15 (GNT) / for meditation purposes
14 Spare my life, O God, and save me, 
    and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.

15 Help me to speak, Lord,
    and I will praise you.

In these verses, David pleas to God to spare him from death. But he is also asking God to help him to praise Him. Apparently, the guilt of his sin has made it impossible for him to speak and sing praises to God any longer.

Most likely, your sin was not as scandalous as King’s David (murder to cover up a pregnancy from an affair). However, I am confident your actions caused deep pain to someone.

We all were condemned in our sins (before coming to Christ), weren’t we? So this psalm is easily relatable – (at least to those of us who have sinned!).

What about you?
  • Do these verses trigger a memory of something you’ve done, followed by strong regret and fear of the consequences? 
  • Remember how it felt when you hoped and prayed for mercy?
  • Have you since been able to experience God’s mercy and sing songs of deliverance?

Father, how can I not relate to the words David cries out to You? I, too, have been guilty of much that I regret – actions that have hurt people around me. Thank You for Your mercy so I could sing praises to You once again!

Feel free to leave a comment (using a pseudonym, if you want) letting me know how you’re doing, or how I can pray for you.

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