Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015 … Collaboration With God

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 203

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please once again take the time to take in a video of the group Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing their poignant song He’ll Do Whatever It Takes describing the length God is willing to share His grace with anyone who comes to Him with a contrite heart, confessing their sin.

Highlight Passage Psalm 32: 5 [NKJV] … 
5 I acknowledge 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. 
… When we’re open and willing to confess, God’s infinity mercy and love are ours.
Highlight Context - Psalm 32 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… One of two of David’s confessional song, along with Psalm 51, which show God’s everlasting mercy and the Lord’s willingness to reward confession and collaboration with His love. 

Reference Passage #1 - Psalm 51 [NKJV] USE THIS LINK ...
… Written earlier than Psalm 32 (above), but shows the depth of David’s contrition and willingness to be open to all about his sin.

Reference Passage #2- Lamentations 3: 22-23 [NKJV] … 
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new avery morning, great is Your faithfulness. 
… God is ALWAYS willing to collaborate with the contrite Christian, who comes to Him openly willing to confess his/her sin.

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. 
 … This truth shows the open willingness of God to collaborate with our humility and contrition when we’re willing to confess to our Lord.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, writes of the collaboration of a young couple who were dealing with the outflow of the husband’s sexual sin. He writes, … [Jen] began to wonder if God wanted her to write about her husband’s pornography addiction and how God was working in his life and their marriage … she thought that it might publicly disrespect him. So she prayed, “What if we wrote it together?” and she asked her husband Craig. He agreed.

Oh how I identify with this poignant story; … because at one point in my marriage, I had to confess my infidelity and obsession with pornography to my wife; and my breech of trust could have destroyed our marriage. But apparently like the couple described by today’s ODB author, my wife and I were able to open our brokenness to God after I was willing to surrender my sin to Him; and our collaboration with God led to the healing of our marriage and the co-founding of a ministry to help other married couples find healing from God (see ).

 When any of God’s children come openly, in humility, to God to confess our sins, God is always faithful to forgive us and to collaborate with us in restoration and renewal of our relationship with Him [see Lamentations 3: 22-23 and 1st John 1: 9]. That, of course was the story behind Psalms 51 and 32 and King David’s contrition and confession after trying to hide his sin for over a year after the infamous debacle with Bathsheba and Uriah. But when David came forth with his contrition and confession, God extended His forgiveness, just as our Lord will for any of us who humbly come to Him seeking His mercy.

 As Tim Gustafson writes in today’s ODB (use the link below to read his blog), we can, as did David, find restoration and renewal of relationship with our Lord when we’re willing/able to come to him and confess with a right heart. Perhaps that’s what someone needs, reading here today. If so, go to God, … He is ALWAYS willing to extend His mercy to any who need it [hear that sung in today’s song link above].

My Prayer Today: Oh, my Lord, … thank You for your healing mercies, which are new every morning. … Amen

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