WORD OF THE DAY IS HANDS

Ps 134: Lift your hands toward the sanctuary. And praise the Lord.

Think about your hands, what they look like, what they do, but also think about what they represent. Our hands can reveal who we are in our actions. Do they hurt others, grasp and hold on to things, show weakness, indifference or rebel against God? Do they give to others, help when needed, love others, show hospitality, comfort, security, and strength?

Many people believe their life is in their own hands, but is it? Now look at the hands where you placed your life. Are they cold to the touch because they are so far from God? Are they dried up with guilt, shame, prejudice, bigotry or all-consuming lust? Are they discolored and necrotic from years of evil? Are they putrid and rotted with sin? Do they feel warm with God’s love? Are they tender with mercy, grace, generosity and compassion for others? Are the veins surging with the blood of Jesus that saves?

As I raise my hands in praise to the God of the universe, I look up and see hands reaching down to me. The same hands I saw, at age 18, as I lay unconscious in a hospital bed hemorrhaging. My body ghostly white, blood dripping from crisp white sheets to pool on the floor. I heard the words, “Bleeding out, no blood pressure, pulse faint.” I turned back to those hands of love, warmth and compassion, and the light so beautiful that I wanted to follow. I looked up to the white robed figure, unable to see the down turned face and know that I must not follow. It’s not my time. I awoke, hours later, with a friend holding my warm, pink hand. I will never forget those hands of love, compassion, healing and forgiveness and will always raise mine in praise to the one who saved me.

WORD OF THE DAY LIES

Ps 32:1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
David is finally content with his life so he decides to take time off from war. He felt strong, powerful and even successful. Unfortunately, when we sit back and relax we can become complacent and weak.
Spiritual weakness is the crack in the door of our soul that Satan can slip through. David saw Bathsheba taking a bath. One thing lead to another and adultery takes place. He tries to cover his sin but instead, Bathsheba finds she is pregnant. Instead of confessing his sin against his friend and God he causes the death of Bathsheba’s husband. He takes Bathsheba into his home and thinks all is well. He even used the premise that “if no one knows, it didn’t happen.” David thought that his lies and deceit were concealed. For almost a year, God waited for David to confess his sin. While David languished and wasted away, he kept up appearances but because of David’s spiritual status not one Psalm was written during this time. It’s difficult to do God’s work it you walk away from him.
David may have thought God forgot all about the situation, but God doesn’t forget, he forgives. Finally, David confessed and God forgave him. People sometime think God forgets our sin but the reality is that God forgives our sin but only after we repent. Forgiving involves much more than forgetting. In order to forgive you must take all the cost and pain of another’s wrongdoing on ourselves.
That is exactly what Jesus did on the cross. When he died on the cross, he took on and endured all the deceit, lies, iniquity and sin that we committed. Through his love, he paid our debt and absorbed the price of sin himself. Forgetting our sin is one thing but forgiving is on a completely new level. Because he loves us, he will forgive a repentant heart through his mercy then give us grace to return to him. There are many lies in our life. Little “white” lies, big lies, some people think telling someone what they want to hear is all right, but a lie is a sin. I am so grateful that I can be forgiven of all my “lies” like David was forgiven of his.