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06/21/2011

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How Do You Plead?


"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions" (Ps.51:1).

King David, the man after God's own heart, had sinned. He let his lusts get the better of him and committed adultery with Bathsheba and her husband was dead as a result. Maybe David thought that God wasn't looking until the prophet Nathan confronted him. "Then David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord'" (2 Sam.12:13). As a result of this event, we have Psalm 51. It is the chapter in our Bibles that best explains to us about bringing our sins before the Lord. If you have not already done so, reading and meditating on these wonderful words will take us a long way in helping to deal with guilt. If anyone deserved to feel guilty, David did. He was God's fair-haired chosen one and he had committed a terrible act. "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out my iniquity" (Vs 7-9). David was crushed and feeling guilty, but was not broken. He did not let the guilt of his sins rule his life because he knew the antidote for guilt. David humbled himself before the Lord and honestly acknowledged his wrongs. He let the Lord know that He was the most holy and that only in Him could he find forgiveness and move on. "Do not cast me from your presence or take the Holy Spirit from me. Restore me to the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me" (Vs.11-12). Did David feel ashamed and guilty? Of course he did! Did he allow the guilt to rule his life and separate him from God? ABSOLUTELY NOT! By allowing Jesus to be our personal Savior, we can approach God the same way that David did. Each day we must in humility accept God's forgiveness, love and grace. It is alright to feel guilty about wrongs that we have done, but know that God will provide the antidote. We can rise up and move on....

Have a wonderful day....Go out and make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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