Yesterday morning I was reading Psalm 18 and the second part of verse 19 really struck a chord in my heart. Psalm 18:19 says, “He rescued me, because He delighted in me.” Sometimes I need to remind myself that God actually delights in me. Regardless of how many times I fail, and no matter how ridiculous those failures are, God forgives and forgets them because of Jesus. He rescues me from my sins daily, because He delights in me.
Part of my reflection on that verse was whether or not I actually try to bring Him delight daily. Yesterday morning I prayed that my inward thoughts and outward behaviors would bring Him delight that day. Of course, as is the usual for me, I prayed one thing and by the time the kids were up and about, I forgot all about it. This morning I received a little reminder in Psalm 19.
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Now I know that there will never be a day when I walk a perfect walk, but I want to be sure that every day I am reflecting on what I could have done differently. God has definitely placed a few checks about certain behaviors of mine in my heart. This passage in Psalm 19 this morning was my little reminder.
I have several presumptuous sins. I am ruled by several of them daily. Often they are the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart. Oh that I could have a “speech check” feature to catch certain things before they spill out of my mouth!
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth,
but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment,
so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Do you have any presumptuous sins that you have all but written off as part of your “personality”? When Paul told the church at Corinth that they were a new creature in Christ, he meant it. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “the old things passed away”, and “new things have come”. Many of us keep giving life to certain facets of our personality that should be long dead. (Preaching gospel to myself!) It is time to let those behaviors take their rightful place in the grave, and to let the new behaviors of the Spirit take their rightful place in our minds, hearts, and actions.
May God help reveal the deadly behaviors in each of our hearts this morning. May He also give us grace to replace them with ones that bring life.
All need grace and all is grace, friends!