Monday, March 16, 2009
Rip Out the Pages
Psalm 51:1-3 "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me."
David's prayer recorded here in Psalm 51 came at a time of deep sorrow in his life. The sin he had committed by taking the wife of another man and having that man killed was pointed out to him by the prophet Nathan (read about it in 2 Samuel Ch. 12). I can imagine that at the moment he truly realized the wrong he had done, a huge wave of regret flooded his heart.
Any of you readers have any regrets? As you look over the pages of your life, reviewing the story of your own making, you probably flip through pages that chronicle many joys and accomplishments for which you are mighty proud. But the truth be told, maybe not to me or anyone else, there are also many pages in there that you wish you could forget. We all have them, I know I do. Sometimes we like to compare ourselves to others and boast that we have fewer pages, but we all have them; and God is not pleased with one single page.
Here is the good news. The bible says in Jeremiah 31:34 "...I will forgive their iniquities and remember their sins no more..." and Micah 7:19 reads "You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea." Wow, that is great news for me! How about you?
Regret can be a tremendous force in your life. It can steal your joy and wipe away your dreams. If you flip through the pages of your life and find there some that you regret were ever written, just know that God loves you, He cares for you, and if you ask Him, He will forgive you. And you can rest assured that God knows how to forgive and forget. If you have done that, then go ahead and.....Rip Out the Pages!
If you have some things that you really regret, and you want God to forgive you and help you get past them, why not post a comment (anonymously if you like), reach out to the Lord and let us all pray for you.