Archive for November 27th, 2009

Psalm 32

Psalm 32 contains a couple of truths that really give us clarity on how to live.  The writer begins by talking about the power of confession.  The reality is that all of us sin, we are all guilty and fall short of God’s standard.  There is no one who can obey God’s commandments and live a perfect life.  That is God’s expectation and requirement if we are to make it into heaven on our own.  We have to live a perfect life – one without any sin – and all of us have already missed that boat.  Only Jesus lived a sin free life.  So our only hope for eternity with God is to accept His alternative way – to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and allow His blood to cover our sin.  That is it – no other options exist.  Part of that process is confessing our sin and allowing God to set us free.  The writer here says “how happy you must be – you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean”.  That is exactly what happens when we accept Jesus as our Savior.  Our sin is removed and we are washed clean – whiter than snow.  When we “kept it all inside” the scripture tells us we suffer and it never lets up.  But if we “let it all out” through confession and “make a clean breast of my failures to God” – well “the pressure is gone….my guilt dissolved….my sin disappeared”.  That is what happens through our confession and reception of Jesus as our Savior.  We are set free from our sin and given entrance into eternity in heaven.  What a glorious plan and story God gives us.

 So who needs to do this?  Well scripture is very plain here: “Every one of us needs to pray”.  There is no one who is exempt from the need to seek God’s forgiveness from sin and His salvation through Jesus.  There is no one who will make it on their own.  Every person on this planet needs Jesus.  So don’t start reasoning why you think you are good enough – you are not.  You never have been nor will you ever be able to enter heaven on your own accord.  It will not happen.  So now is the time to make things right and prepare for eternity.  The psalmist goes on to give us some truth about how we then should live as well.  “Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to stay on track”.  You ever ridden a horse without a bit and bridle?   I am far from being a horse lover, but my limited experience with our little Shetland pony was that if I didn’t have a bridle on, that little rascal would find some tree or fence to rub me off its back every time.  It was only when I had something in its mouth that allowed me to be somewhat in control that I had any chance of staying on.  Life is like that too.  “God defiers are always in trouble; God affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around”.  It is a choice.  We determine whether we will walk with God and be loved, or try and walk our own way and remain in trouble. It is our choice.  There are two critical decisions each of us has to make.  What will we do with Jesus and our sin?  And how will we live and walk in relationship to God and what He has given us?  Those two things determine our eternity.  I hope you have made your decision and taken action to assure life with God.  If not, today is the day!

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