a time to repent…

Selections From Psalms 32:1-5 & 51:7-17

When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You took away the guilt of my sin…. Purify 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…. Create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me…. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart. (HCSB)

David never thought this day would come. He never would have believed he could fall so far, stoop so low. The prophet Nathan’s words burned like an acid bath. “You are the man!” Rocked on his heels, hands to his chest, the real David returned. In repentance.

Look At It This Way
There is confession. There is repentance. And there is a difference. David confessed. He admitted his mistake. That’s half the battle. But repentance is the tough part. Confession finishes its work in a moment. Repentance takes a lifetime. Repentance means facing the same temptation again.And again. And again. And again. And saying no every time. And when you slip and say yes, it means getting back up – and saying no again. It’s a painful path, a bruising battle, but every other road is a lie. Repentance is the only way home.

Sometimes, alas, sin even prevails over us, and we are forced in deep anguish to confess that we have fallen beneath its power. Who among us can say, “I am clean, I have not sinned”? Still, a temporary defeat is not sufficient to effect a total subjugation. Sin shall not have dominion over the believer, for though he falls, he shall rise again. The child of God when he falls into the mire is like the sheep that gets up and escapes from the ditch as quickly as possible; it is not his nature to lie there.

The ungodly man is like the hog that rolls in the filth and wallows in it with delight. The mire has dominion over the swine, but it has none over the sheep. With many bleatings and outcries, the sheep seeks the shepherd again, but not so the swine.

Every child of God weeps, mourns, and bemoans his sin, and he hates it when for a while he has been overtaken by it. Sin has an awful power, but it has no dominion; it casts us down, but it cannot make us take delight in its evil. – Charles Spurgeon

A Final Thought
Repent of it today. That sin. You know the one. That one that overtakes you no matter how fast you run. Satan will laugh and say you can’t be trusted. And you know he’s right. But God can.

This devotional is courtesy of the One Minute Bible for Men of Character.

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