Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013 … Freed To Bless Others

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 259

Devotional Song: Go to this link ...  Please take in this poignant, personal, and powerful song, sung by Wayne Watson, singing, … Friend Of A Wounded Heart, reminding us that Jesus always meets us where we are and heals our secret scars.

Highlight meditation passage – 1st Chronicles 14: 2 [NLT]:  
2 And David realized that the LORD had made him king over Israel and had made his kingdom very great for the sake of his people Israel.
Highlight reading study of 1st Chronicles, Chapters 14`: Go to this link

Reference Passage #1: Psalm 51 … [NLT] … Go to this link

Reference Passage #2: Psalm 32 … [NLT] … Go to this link

Reference Passage #3: 1st John 1: 9 [His cleansing grace to free us to bless others.] … [NKJV] …  
9 If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

My Journal for Today: Today Os Hillman led me to King David’s realization (cited above in 1st Chronicles 14: 2) that he had been blessed with God’s anointing and special grace so that he, David, could be a blessing in leading God’s chosen people as King. And we know that David was a “man after God’s own heart.”

But we also know from history and biblical study that David was also, like all of us, vulnerable to his own fleshly weaknesses. In today’s highlight chapter in 1st Chronicles, we read of David, falling prey to the world’s practices of kings taking many wives and concubines, which was not God’s prime design for marriage; and later we know of David’s fall into sin and cover-up with Bathsheba. Our free will and vulnerable hearts (see Jeremiah 17: 9) make us so vulnerable to being tripped into the world’s traps of sin.

And in both Psalms 51 and 32 (written BTW in that historical order), we read of David’s confession, repentance, and cleansing from the sin which had captured his heart and caused him to be powerless to be the blessing God intended him to be to God’s people as their leader.

Where do we go when we’re wrapped up, encumbered, or even imprisoned by our own sin; … i.e, when we realize that we can’t bless others because of unconfessed sin? That’s when we need to recognize what Wayne Watson is singing about in the song I used in meditation today and to which I’ve linked you to share today. We are blessed, as New Covenant Christians, to have THE Friend of a wounded heart to take our sins as we confess them, and to cleanse us completely and forever [see 1st John 1: 9].

Yes, my fellow Christian, we do have a Friend, … no, THE FRIEND, of a wounded heart! And on the cross He has cleansed us from ALL past, present, and future sins; and from our faith in Him as Lord and Savior, He has given us the cleansing grace anytime we can and do confess of any sin, repent of it, and do all we can to walk on to become the blessing to others as we were anointed to be.

It’s the lesson King David had to learn the hard way. I pray that we can learn it from biblical truth, apply it to our lives, and let the Friend of a wounded heart cleanse us from our confessed sin, allowing us the cleansing and anointing our Lord is so willing to provide so that we can reach out with God’s love and grace to bless others.
My Prayer for Today … Lord, I’m cleansed by Your grace here today as I confess and repent of all the sins You reveal to me by conviction. … Amen

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