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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day 5 of the 50 Day Spiritual Adventure

Today I'm reading Psalm 51 - David's confession after being confronted by the prophet Nathan.

Sin clogs things up. Any time we disobey God, even in the smallest ways, it adds to the blockage. And it builds up over time. David didn't set out to commit adultery; he didn't start out wanting to betray Uriah. But small bad decisions led to bigger and more devastating choices. And each sinful choice increased the blockage between him and God. That's how people deceive themselves. Slowly. God's voice get fainter and fainter. The voice of conscience gets muffled. Other voices grow louder especially self- justification: "You deserve this. What harm will it do? No one will ever know." 

But when the consequences finally hit home it was devastating. For David it was like a dam burst and all his sin and self-deception flooded in. It's at that moment the crucial decision has to be made: deep repentance or deep denial. David chose repentance. And that's why he was a man after God's own heart. Not that he was perfect... he wasn't even close. But when faced with his sin his heart grew soft in God's hand, not hard. So God could forgive and God could continue to use him for God's greater purposes. 

David did feel guilt - he needed to feel guilty because he was guilty. It was a godly guilt. (Read 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 on Paul's understanding of the value of godly sorrow). David's heart had been clogged by sin. The Holy Spirit, working through Nathan, was like a big bottle of Drain-O. Like a plunger working away on that clog eventually the Spirit broke through his defenses. Joy could flow again. Peace could flow again. David could feel clean again.

Be soft in God's hand. Repent quickly. When you recognize you are on a wrong road, admit it sooner rather than later. You'll have to back track less. The further a person goes down the wrong road the harder it is for them to turn around. 

Verse 12: "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." 


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