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.

WORD OF THE DAY IS PROMISES

Ps 15:4-5 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.
David asks the question in verse one, “who can live in your presence”? (Paraphrased) Desiring and then committing to walk in fellowship with God in a God-honoring life sounds easy but keeping the promise of our commitment is difficult. Temptation is everywhere. The little white lie, choosing the path that benefits us, wasting time or even putting a negative “spin” on a situation. However, remember your promise to God to change your life.
This Psalm provides insight and instruction in skillful living with the Lord. David also reminds us that worshippers need to live in such a way that pleases God. Moral uprightness shows when we mark our lives by the holy character of the God we serve. We all need to strive to be the person God wants us to be to fulfill his purpose in our life. These key points will help and link back to the Ten Commandments. Integrity, doing right, truthfulness, guarding our words, kindness, no negative comments about others, discernment, faithfulness, generosity and no corruption.
Hard to live by. You would need to be perfect to live like that. Obviously, we all fall short of the goal. Every time I miss that goal, I ask God’s forgiveness and help, start over and keep trying. As a young Christian, I saw no problem with watching “soap-operas” on TV. On my day off, I would view hours of recorded shows and “catch up”. Then God reminded me of my promise to change my life and serve him. I finally comprehended that those hours belonged to him and should be for his glory, not the “soap stars”.
It took time but one day at work, I realized that I had no idea what the others were discussing and felt out of place. It was who did what and who slept with whom on TV. I was free and that was liberating. After keeping my promise, I had so much more time to spend with family, friends and God. Now, years later, I don’t miss all the TV drama. Life is all the drama I want and with God it is so worth it.