Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 … Any Regrets?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 203

Devotional Song: … Go to this link ...   Please go this video link to hear Josh Groban singing a love song which could have been sung to Jesus My Confession, which reminds me of the passion which David must’ve had when he penned – first Psalm 51 and then Psalm 32 with his regrets for the sin involving Bathsheba.

Highlight Passage - NKJV - Psalm 32: 3
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.
Highlight Passage [Context] - Psalms 32: 1-7 [NKJV] … Go to this ink 

Reference Passage #1 … Psalms 51 [NKJV] … Go to this Link 

Reference Passage #2 … Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] …
28 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.

Reference Passage #3 ... 1st Peter 5:7 [NKJV] ...
7 Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.

Reference Passage #4 ... 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.

My Journal for Today: Ever had any regrets? Most of us have, haven’t we? “Oh, man, … I wish I hadn’t done … this or that!”

In Scripture, certainly the royal story of regrets has to be that of David, who, in a fit of momentary weakness and stupidity, allowed himself to become involved in the Bathsheba affair, which was followed by equally monumental intrigue and cover-ups; and then the King languished in regret, mental turmoil, and anguish for over a year before he was finally busted by the Prophet, Nathan.

Then, and only then, did he come to confess his sins before God and the people in Psalms 51 [linked above] and also somewhat later in the highlight passage for today from Psalm 32. And in the latter we read of David’s regret for having committed the series of sins which became infamous reminders of our vulnerability to our evil, and very human, hearts (see Jeremiah 17: 9).

But David’s vulnerability, his actions, and his confession were part of God’s plan, weren’t they? If not, why did God allow David to go through all of that? Once again, we have a test of our New Testament revelation and truth from the Apostle Paul from Romans 8: 28. And then, we are blessed from the equally important truth in 1st John 1: 9, aren’t we?

Yes, … David’s foibles with Bathsheba and following are illustrations of the truths we know as New Covenant Christians … that we serve a loving, merciful, and forgiving God … a God who, as He did with David, will forgive our sins and cleanse us, when we’re truly repentant, from any – AND ALL – unrighteousness.

I’m sure many of us [I certainly can!] empathize with King David’s regrets; but I pray that any of us who’ve had such regrets for past sins can recognize and realize that we serve a God Who, when we come humbly to Him with our confession, will completely and utterly forgive us for ALL of the sins we confess. God did it for David; and he’ll do it for you and me.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, to that truth I can only say “HALLELUJAH!!!” And thank YOU!!!, ... Amen

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