Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Thirst: Is There More?”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Lari Buckhart will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.”
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
When we know that we can’t live up to the standards of His Word, when we are at the end of trying, when we acknowledge and believe that we aren’t able but that only He is able, we have come to the waterfall. David cries out to the Lord, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:1 ESV).
Read and pray through Psalm 51:1-10. Who does David say that he has sinned against? What does he ask of God?
Read James 4:17. Those of you who know God’s Word, are you being careful to follow it? Do you take God at His Word? We can’t truly be followers of Christ if we aren’t followers of His Word. Where are you struggling with your thought life, heart attitude, or outward behavior that needs to be brought in line with His Word?
When we are truly grieved and broken-hearted about our sin, God has compassion on us.
Boldly go before the throne of grace, confess your unrighteousness and turn from it, and proceed to hunger and thirst after His righteousness. When we confess and repent of our sins, we are cleansed and washed clean! We must then trust in Christ and in His grace, not our “love” for Him, not our faith, not our supposed strengths, but in Christ alone and what He has done on the cross. This is central to all.
In your pursuit of living in the waterfall of His love, mercy and grace, the following list is a helpful guide:
1. Seek after God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
2. Hunger and thirst for His righteousness instead of clinging to your own.
3. Ask the Lord to search your heart.
4. Humbly confess your sin.
5. Approach the Father for forgiveness with confidence, for in Christ there is nothing to fear.
6. Receive His grace.
7. Believe. Stand under the truth of His Word and drink it in.
8. Resolve to walk forward in radical obedience to His Word, not in your feelings or your own insight.
9. Live by the Spirit, not in your own strength.
10. Pray continually without doubting.
I know that my biggest downfall is lust. As a single mid twenties man, I struggle with lustful thoughts. This is tough when waiting till marriage for sex. It gets even harder when you meet a girl and she is pretty and you two get along… but she is not a Christ follower. I have met women who make me stumble and I needed to fight my flesh and cut them out of my life. Simple, seemingly harmless, dirty talk can cause me to trip up way too much. I know God has not left me and I strive to live for Him everyday, but in no way am I perfect. The world constantly tells us men that to look at other women is fine as long as we don’t act on it. Window shopping in a sense but without any money. This is wrong as those women are sisters in Christ and not pieces of meat, even if they act like whores (that word is in the Bible a lot and is appropriate here). This is another day that I highly recommend listening to the song that is featured at the top.
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Psalm 51:3
This devotional has given me a lot to think about in my personal walk with God. I think I’ve been pretty honest about the fact that I mess up a lot. I continually fall short of what God asks of me and I’m not always faithful to do what needs to be done in order to repair that relationship. I’m good at beating myself up for the things I’ve done and I tend to think a lot about the areas in which I fall short.
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
The amazing thing about God is that He’s still there to take it all away and let me start over. Psalm 51:7 doesn’t say that He’ll cleanse me but there will be a stain; it says that when I come before God in true repentance that I will be completely clean. There is a second chance. It’s not permission to continue sinning, because that means my repentance was never real in the first place. It is hope and the assurance that there is nothing I can do and no way that I can fail that will ever change the way God sees me. He created all of us to have a relationship with Him, and He is willing to pick us up and wipe away the sin that we’ve been living in so that we can try harder. The magnitude of His love is a promise that means we no longer have to live with the emptiness that comes from living apart from Him.