Thursday, February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014 … Covering the Sinkholes

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 51

Devotional Song: Go to this link …   Please go to this video link to the group Third Day singing the old hymn, Blessed Assurance, … reminding us confidently that our submission to Christ will cover all of the potholes of life.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Psalms 32: 1 [NKJV] …  
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Psalms 32: 1-5 [NKJV] Go to this link 

Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Psalms 51: 1-4 [NKJV] Go to this link 

Reference Passage #1: 2nd Samuel, Chapters 11-12 … [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passage #2: Jeremiah 17: 9 [NKJV] …  
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; … Who can know it? ..."

Reference Passage #3: 1st John 1: 9 [NKJV] …  
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Reference Passage #4: Romans 4: 6-8 … [NKJV] … Go to this link

My Journal for Today: An enormous sinkhole, as depicted in the attached photo, is an apt word picture to describe the human heart (or our fleshly nature – see also Jer. 17: 9 above). And King David’s scenario, involving his affair with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah [see 2nd Samuel, Chapters 11-12 linked above], is a very clear example of the sinkhole which is our vulnerable human nature.

David seemed to be a pretty good place in life, the King in his palace, home from the wars, taking some retirement time at home when he walked to edge of his balcony one night and the sinkhole, which was David’s base nature, fell inward into his soul; and as we’d say, “all hell broke loose” in his life.  But then, when David, thought he had his sinkhole covered up, about a year after the incident, the Prophet Nathan came into David’s life and uncovered the sinkhole of sin in David’s life all over again.

And finally this time, David took the steps necessary – confessing before God and His people the sinkhole which was his sin (see passages from Psalms 51 and 32 linked above) – to have this sinkhole of sinfulness properly cleansed (see 1st John 1: 9) and repaired, thereby experiencing God’s loving forgiveness and restoration. The Apostle Paul even uses David’s sinkhole repair as an example of God’s restoration when Paul wrote to the Romans (see Rom. 4: 6-8 - linked above) about God’s loving grace and justification when any sinner is willing to confess, repent, and come to a saving relationship with God, through belief in Christ’s atoning blood on the cross.

So, today’s meditation on the Our Daily Bread has brought me to ask myself (and any reading here), if I (we) have any sinkholes of sinfulness which need repair work today. If so, … we need to uncover them, as David did, and have them repaired by the loving mercy and grace of God’s power to repair any sinkhole in our lives.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, if there be any potential sinkholes of sinfulness in my life, uncover them in my consciousness, so that I can confess, repent, and allow Your mercy and grace to completely repair any sinkhole in my soul. … Amen

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