I wonder if you have ever found yourself in a right old mess of your own making. I know I have. King David, one of the rulers of ancient Israel, got himself into one of the worse kinds of mess. It involved a wife of another man and murder. The account is recorded in 2 Samual 11-12
. After over nine long months of self denial, self deception and ever increasing sin, King David is confronted by the Prophet Nathan with the plain truth. Out of that encounter comes Psalm 51
and Psalm 32
. They are Psalms of deep confession and repentance, of turning back to the Lord. We will look at Psalm 32
during our Family Service this Saturday at 11.15am.
King David kept silent before God, he did not pray, but tried to hide the mess of his wrongdoing for over nine long months. Eventually he confessed all to the Lord. His sense of relief, and the unburdening of himself, is self evident in the opening verse of Psalms 32:1
, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered
". The Lord is very gracious. His nature is to forgive if we come to Him, no matter how "big or small" the wrong-doing. The key is that we come to Him. It is why Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30
, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light
.” Jesus says He is gentle and lowly in heart, that is who He is by nature, and that is how He is with us when we come openly to Him.
The lesson for each of us is to come to the Lord, the first time, as fainting believers, pray to Him and make any needed confession. Do not keep silent! God knows it anyway! Don’t wait, confess any wrongdoing. Accept God’s forgiveness through Christ and determine by God's help to live for God each day and face any consequences with God.
This Saturday our Family Service will take place as normal at 11.15am on Zoom and Facebook. Tonight (Friday) at 8pm, after Adult Sabbath School at 7pm, we will watch the fourth instalment of the six part series on the Book of Daniel. Pastor Gary Kent from Australia will lead out in the series exploring the historical sections of the book of Daniel. On Monday at 7.30pm, we will continue our series looking at the Apostle Peter's First Letter in the New Testament, believed to have been written from Rome, towards the end of his ministry. All events will be shown in our GYL Zoom room.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett