Daily D – Psalm 69:5-6
God, you know my foolishness, and my guilty acts are not hidden from you. Do not let those who put their hope in you be disgraced because of me, Lord GOD of Armies; do not let those who seek you be humiliated because of me, God of Israel.
PSALM 69:5-6 (CSB)
God, you know every sin I’ve committed;
My life’s a wide-open book before you.
Don’t let those who look to you in hope
Be discouraged by what happens to me,
Dear Lord! GOD of the armies!
There are many people who look at a handful, or a relative handful, of Christians and attempt to prove that God cannot exist if his followers are like THAT, whatever THAT may be. This is not a new idea. King David understood this reality nearly three thousand years ago.
He knew his heart. He knew his failures. He knew that as he had failed before, he would fail again. His prayer is humble and full of emotion. He did not wish to prevent anyone from seeing how good God is by being distracted by how sinful he was.
That’s good praying.
One of our duties as followers of Jesus is to help people see how good he is. It is pretty hard to do this if we are trying to show them how good we are. No matter how good we think we might be, we all fail. Celebrity Christians fail. Political Christians fail. Athlete Christians fail. I, yes, even I fail.
Jesus never fails.
John the Baptist had the right idea in John 3:30. More Jesus; less me.
You will fail. I will fail. King David failed. Our Father in heaven never does. He can do anything but fail. Jesus never failed. He died better than we live.
Keep the focus on our Father in heaven, and not on us. Point people to Jesus. Humble repentance as public as our sin provides a nice arrow directing people toward God’s goodness. Ignoring our own sin or pretending it is less of a problem than it is turns people away. Let’s be honest to God and to everyone else.
I will get out of the way so that people can see how good God is.
Our Father, I want everyone to see how good you are. I do not want to attempt to get people to be impressed with how good I am. I fail. You never do. I agree with John the Baptist when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Make my life an arrow pointing toward your glory and goodness. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”