Personal Devotions: Warning – And Recommitment

I started out this morning by reading Psalm 51, which is David’s confession and repentance of sin after adultery and murder.  I wanted to comment about it, but really it speaks for itself….

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;
you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

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

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

After reading that, the Lord led me to this Scripture – Hebrews 10:26-31

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[b]31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

So that warning hit me straight between the eyes.  How many times have I ‘trampled the Son of God under foot’?  How many times have I ‘treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant’ and ‘insulted the Spirit of grace’ by ‘deliberately continuing to sin’?  How many times have you?

On this, the last day of 2009, let me first encourage you all to reflect over your year and repent, as I have been doing, from the things that God has revealed to you.  Let us (taking a queue from the writer of the Hebrews, who uses ‘let us’ a lot)  focus on entering this new year recommitted to the Lord, free from the ties that bind ‘and the sin that so easily entangles’ (Hebrews 12:1)  If you are willing, you can place your recommitment prayers here and let us all join together in re-dedicating our lives to the Lord for a new start in the New Year.

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