Scripture: Psalm 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness. 2 Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. 3 For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing my life to the ground, making me sit in darkness like those long dead. 4 Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
Observation: This is another psalm of David written at a time when he running from King Saul, his predecessor on the throne. David had been promised by God that he would serve as king, yet at the time of this writing he wasn’t sure he would see another day. In David’s worldview his struggles were the result of his sin against God – but what sins? He wasn’t sure, but he knew that all people are sinners, as he wrote in v.2 “no one living is righteous before you”.
Application: When bad things happen to us we don’t tend to equate our struggles with our sins. Now that we are no longer people living under the covenant of the law, but under the covenant of grace, this is appropriate. We know that our relationship with God the Father was established via the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, by our repentance, by receiving mercy and forgiveness in Jesus’ name. To assess where we stand with God we don’t look in the mirror, but at the cross… and at the baptismal font.
That said, it’s true that our sin does get us in trouble. It harms us. One of the reasons we seek to live according to the will and ways of God is because God’s ways are better than ours. God gives us boundaries that we might live as he intended from the beginning. Yet, because of our sinful nature, we regularly rebel against God… and sometimes pay a price. Self-reflection can be painful, but it can be life-giving as well. That’s where I’m at this morning.
Prayer: Lord show me those parts of me that rebel against you. Give me grace to repent that I might find my way back. Amen.