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Suggested Reading: Psalms 51-53
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Key Verses: Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit.
The third Psalm in today’s reading tells us twice that “There is none who does good, no not one” (53:1, 3). This statement of reality is repeated in different ways over and over throughout the Holy Scriptures. For example, Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin [note the present tense] we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” David composed Psalm 51 as a confession of his sins of adultery and arranging for Bathsheba’s husband to be put in the most dangerous spot in the war, so that he would most likely be killed. David wrote eloquent words, but Jesus put our confession much more bluntly. Jesus told the story of the man who, while standing at the back of the Temple in Jerusalem, hit himself over and over on his chest crying out, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” Jesus said that this man went home justified before God! Jesus guarantees that this prayer will change our lives (see Luke 18:9-14). To support this fact we can believe other Scriptures. In John 6:37a, Jesus gives us His Word that “The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” These are the Words of Jesus and when we believe these Words we are received by God. We confess our sin and are assured by the Apostle John that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Having done this, it’s of vital importance to tell a fellow believer. Here’s a toll-free number to call to talk to a caring person…Crossroads 24/7 prayer line: 1-866-273-4444.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I am making King David’s prayer my own! I’m reading to You the words found in our key verses, Psalm 51:10-12. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Yesterday, at the National Convention of the Christian Legal Fellowship, the introduction to my message drew attention to another well-known sinner, Henry VIII, a former king of England. Actually my message was not about him but about the religious leaders and lawyers who accosted Jesus with several questions designed to catch Him off guard, destroy His credibility, and incriminate Him. The tie-in with the many times married Henry VIII was in the question, “Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all (seven husbands) had her” (Matthew 22:28). I’ve just read again all the questions found in Matthew 22:15-46. I invite my blog readers to meditate on the answers Jesus gave in the same way I invited the lawyers to think about these things yesterday at the conference.
Sometimes I do and say things that may appear foolish. The real fool, according to King David, is the one who, “Has said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 53:1). For a joke, in order to cement into the memories of the lawyers present at the convention, I started off the session by trying to sing the song, “Henry VIII I am, I am. I got married to the widow next door. She’s been married seven times before…etc. etc.” Remember that silly song? If not click here for a rendition from an old Ed Sullivan Show. A laugh is guaranteed.
Yours for learning from King David, and most of all from Jesus,