|If we haven't yielded ourselves soul and body to the
Lord then we disappoint the Lord. He cannot use us and our life becomes useless.
Children, how can you say God is leading you but you cannot submit and help
your parents, and pride is still reigning in your life?
1 A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth
not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through
my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my
moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine
iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou
forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto
thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall
not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me
from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way
which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which
have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come
near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he
that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous:
and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Verse five says in the Amplified, "I acknowledged my sin to
You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord
[continually unfolding the past till all is told]then You [instantly] forgave me the
guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!".
David, the author understood something profound of God. He was a
man after God's heart. Any parent, when a child submits and is obedient loves that child
and will do anything for such a child!
Blessed is that man who is forgiven. He understood the fountain of
blessing to be forgiven by God.
Maybe you say things always go wrong in your life and you're not
blessed. Well listen to David and discover this secret of truly being blessed.
Where did David's obedience start? Right from his mother's breast.
He learnt from his mother.
We know that Ruth, Naomi's daughter in law, came from Moab, and
she married Boaz. Some Bible Historians tell us that they were only married one day and
then Boaz died. Ruth was the grandmother of David.
These historians also tell us that it could have been that David
was like Joseph, an outcast in his own family. We see a glimpse of it when they didn't
call him for the feast with Samuel, and when he took provisions to his brothers at the
battle field, and how they scolded him.
His mother taught him to pray. She taught him that God doesn't
allow a grudge against his brothers.
She suffered together with her son for twenty eight years. Then
Samuel came and all the sons passed but Samuel said that none of them were chosen. Only
when he asked if they were all the sons, did they remember David and called for him. You
might also be despised by others, but God has kept you for His purpose.
David knew that he was sinful and in need of forgiveness. Although
he suffered greatly he knew God was dealing with him through that. He didn't become bitter
but allowed the suffering to work in him the purposes of God.
Maybe you think God is dealing harshly with you and things aren't
going as you expected. See that God is working in you and accept it and then you will be
able to pray this prayer with David, of the blessedness of being forgiven.
David understood that whatever sin he committed he sinned against
God. So too the prodigal son understood this secret, and found forgiveness.
David realised he needed forgiveness, and also that there should
be nothing between him and someone else.
Millions bath in the Ganges river in India to have their sins
forgiven. A certain old missionary to India, when he was old and frail asked to be placed
next to the Ganges river to tell them of Christ Jesus who can forgive their sins, with his
David also experienced the suffering of his body when he kept
quiet about his sin. Even your body suffers when sin is hidden.
If you want to live, confess your sin like David.
Martin Luther had a dream where he saw all his sins written down
one by one on a blackboard. He cried to God, "who can delivery me from my sin?".
Then he saw a pierced hand touch the board and instantly the board was clean, all the sins
Maybe David looked at pornography, just like you on the internet,
videos or the tv. And God judged him for that and he suffered until he confessed it and
These games, videos and cell phones are fire extinguishers, they
extinguish God's fire in your life!
David's mother could help him, and show him what's right and
what's wrong and that she won't allow evil in the house.
David writes that day and night God's hand was upon him while he
hid his sin. Maybe you experience God's hand of displeasure on your life but you blame
people. No, make right where you have fallen and sinned and then He will pour His Spirit
There was once a little girl. They had a very expensive cup. Her
mother told her about the cup and who gave it and how much it was worth. She wanted to
hold the special cup, which she knew she had to leave alone. She opened the cupboard, took
the cup and it slipped and fell and broke. Her mother rebuked her sharply but forgave her,
took all the broken pieces and threw them in the rubbish bin. Not long after the child
came with all the broken pieces and brought it to her mother, still crying about the cup.
We should not be so, but realise when God forgives He does it instantly and He forgets.
The prodigal son wallowed in the filth of the world and then
looked after the pigs. He really lived a pig-like life. But when he came to his senses and
went broken to his father, his father forgave him, changed his rags for robes and he was
part of the family again.
Don't you want it too? Then do what David did.