LENT DEVOTIONALS

LENT DEVOTIONALS

 
 

March 28th, 2017

“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” – Psalm 32:5

I once received a wonderful encouragement. A fellow brother in the church said that I reminded him of David, that I had a heart after God’s own heart. I can’t express how grateful I was to hear such praise, it was if God Himself was affirming my faithfulness. Then one day I fell into sin. The tremendous weight of guilt and shame came over me as I remembered that brother’s words. I confessed my sin of course but had such great remorse and my wife saw my despair. When I explained why I was so tormented in guilt, she offered more encouragement. She said to be a man after God’s own heart is not to be perfect but rather that we confess our sins readily as David had done. Verse 5 is the longest verse of this psalm and therefore the heart of the psalm. David’s confession was quickly met by God’s faithfulness and his confessoin was immediately resolved with forgiveness. Pray to God to speedily confess your sin and you too will be met with a quicker resolution from our forgiving God.

 

March 29th, 2017

“Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:6-7

Procrastinators sabotage themselves. They put obstacles in their own path. They actually choose paths that hurt their performance. Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. For them procrastination is a lifestyle, albeit a maladaptive one. And it cuts across all domains of their life. They don't pay bills on time. They miss opportunities. They file income tax returns late. They leave their Christmas shopping until Christmas eve. And worse, they may find themselves under God’s judgment. The urging of the psalmist is seek God now! It is a great thing to be living in a day of grace, in a time when God “is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). But implied in David’s words is the sobering teaching that the day of God’s grace will not last forever. The day of judgment is coming, and on that day it will be too late to repent and find forgiveness. Do not wait until then. Come to Christ now! Pray to Him and go to your Father.

March 30th, 2017

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you.” – Psalm 32: 8-9

My youngest daughter is beginning to learn how to drive. Each day as I take shotgun and gently guide her along the streets of our neighborhood, I am reminded of the spastic and irritable manner which my father taught me how to drive. I believe it was my stubbornness and pride that was to blame. With a patient eye, I try my best to advise her and careful not to startle her nor break her confidence with any loud rebuke. Such is the manner in which God here in verse 8 looks over the believer. Once we have confessed our sin, He is always there to guide and instruct with a stern but loving hand. How wonderful it is to have our God always watching over us as we walk in His ways! Pray to Him and ask Him for today’s guidance.

March 31st, 2017

“Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.” – Psalm 32:10-11

Think for a moment and think of a happy moment. For me, it is hearing the laughter of my wife with my girls. Hearing their laughter echoing throughout our house is the happiest sound I know. Our lives are filled with happiness and that is the desire of the Father’s heart. He thrives in the happiness of His children and we are at our happiest when we praise our Father! Everything about the Christian life is happiness, simply read the Beatitudes (Matt. 5) “Happiness are the poor in spirit, happiness are those who mourn, happiness are the meek, happiness are those who hunger for righteousness, happiness, happiness and on and on. The doorway into the kingdom is happiness! But the way of the sinful is sorrow. But here is the good news, He has the power to turn our sorrow into joy! (Jn 16:16) Confess your sins and be met with forgiveness and watch God as He guides you and you shall walk in His joy! Pray to Him now and thank Him!