“Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.”
Psalms 107:17-22 NKJV
Unconfessed sin has great weight. Carrying it drains one of the strength to resist, and then sin piles up, sin upon sin, until we become completely overwhelmed and there seems as if there is no hope of being free.
The heap of sin presses down on us, as we remain silent.
“When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah”
Psalms 32:3-5 NKJV
God has given me remembrance of past things as an ongoing blessing, as I remember my bygone sins, and I can still feel the accompanying pain when I dwell on them too long.
I know that the Lord has forgotten my sins, for He has cast them as far from me as the east is from the west, and I know it is the evil one who brings them to my mind, as he is an accuser. But the Lord is sovereign, and uses all things for the good of those who call upon His name.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
In the memory, I am reminded that the Lord has saved me. That Jesus went to the cross to pay for my transgressions, and rose that I may shed my iniquity. I have been given confidence that I can come to the Lord and confess, knowing I will not be condemned.
As read through Psalm 107, the passage where it talks about fools, I flashed back on what life was like before I came to Jesus. I was a fool because I lived as if there was no God, as if I myself was the arbiter of all that is right or wrong. Sin consumed me, deceived me, and the more I sinned, the more unstable I became, and all the more, consequences affected my life.
When I look back at the time just before I surrendered to the Lord, I was truly at the gates of death, for I had descended to the bottom of life, and yet I had had not bounced. The thought of ending myself was frequent, as I had no joy, no future, and no hope. But the Lord found me there. Somewhere from within, I cried out to Him.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.”
Psalms 40:1-3 NKJV
He had begun to send healing words to me, the words of long forgotten bible verses, of the gentle urgings of followers of Christ He had sent into my life, truth hidden in songs, all but forgotten, but inexplicably entering my mind as I remembered some of my mother’s Gospel songs.
The lover of my soul was wooing me.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 NKJV
I will never forget the day, when the weight of my sin was lifted, when I heart was set free, when the Lord lifted me out of that self dug, horrible pit of despair, and placed me on the solid Rock. I remember telling everyone I could of this great thing that had happened in my life. God had changed me!
Brothers and sisters, let us be men and women who go and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, telling our stories to others. May thanksgiving be always on our lips.
You might be one in need of healing words today. Perhaps you felling into an old sin that just seems to hang on, or perhaps you are struggling daily, and desire to be free.
Perhaps you are like me so many years ago, bound up in strongholds having no hope. The Lord is waiting and He brings forgiveness. He will forgive your sins and give you a clean heart. He will lift you from your own mirey pit and set you on dry, solid land, on the steady Rock.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:7-10 NKJV
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
Psalms 32:1-2 NKJV
Listen for those gentle whispers of a loving Savior, the God/Man Jesus who woos you by His Holy Spirit. The Good News is like cool drink on a hot day, and it offers great refreshing and the renewing of strength.
May we be able to hear the healing words of God.
Have a Fabulous Friday!