July 30, 2021
Scripture: O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. Psalm 69:5-6 ESV
Observation: David expresses a godly attitude here. First, he confesses his sin and acknowledges that no offenses are hidden from God. Secondly, being the leader of God’s people, he knows that his sins will impact those who earnestly seek the Lord. So he petitions the Father to spare them from collateral damage. David models for us godly grief that “produces a repentance and leads to salvation without regret” (2 Corinthians 7:10). Conversely, worldly sorrow produces self-pity and pulls others down with us.
Takeaway: When we have sinned against God and others, the way forward begins by looking up and confessing our sins (without excuses) and asking for his forgiveness. Next, we look aside and intercede for those who have been impacted by our sins. Lastly, we look ahead. Having given thanks and praise to the Lord (verse 30), we carry on to the higher ground, confident in his salvation (verse 29).
Prayer: Rescue us, Father, from our pits of self-pity and lead us to your highway, fueled by heartfelt confession, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling