4/25/14: Face It and ‘Fess Up
Times come for each and every one of us when reality smacks us in the face. It may be that we have to acknowledge the fact that someone doesn’t feel for us like we feel for him/her. Perhaps it’s the awareness that our usefulness doing a particular thing has ended. Or maybe we just wake up one day and find that the things we were once able to do, we just can’t do anymore. Whatever the case may be, the most devastating discovery occurs when we come to the realization of the absolute dreadfulness of our own sin.
When King David finally faced himself and saw his sin as God did, he wrote Psalm 51. All he could do was fall before the Master, begging God saying,
“Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom” Psalm 51:1-6
As hard as it may be, we cannot be afraid to allow the Holy Spirit to move us in front of the spiritual mirror so we can look at ourselves and see what God sees. What is it that you need to face and confess before Him today? Perhaps you’ve done something or told yourself something for a long time, but the “truth in the inward parts” is that you know you need to change. Face it and ‘fess up.
Like God did with David, He will do with us. God wants to bring us to times when we realize it’s against Him and Him alone that we “have sinned and done this evil.” And like David did, we can approach God with our contrite, honest confession, and know that He will receive us, forgive us, cleanse us, make us whole, and welcome us back into full fellowship. Worship God who is the Revealer of our inner selves.
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