When the prophet Nathan exposed King David's sin with a parable, David wrote this psalm of repentance. He realized that though he had sinned against Bathsheba's husband and the people of Israel, ultimately his sin was against God who had trusted him with position and authority. All sin is ultimately a sin against God who alone is the standard of righteousness. We sin against His goodness and grace. We sin against His mercy and love. Whenever His sentence is against us, He is perfectly justified in pronouncing it.
Not only do we receive God's power in our lives when we acknowledge our weakness, but God's power in us works best when we keep the Gospel at the forefront of our minds. The Gospel declares to us our utter dependence on Him, His mercy, and saving grace. When we rely on His strength alone, we receive freedom and peace. But when we rely on our own abilities, talents, or intelligence, we crowd out the potential for God's power. Like the apostle Paul, we should rejoice whenever we remember our weaknesses because then we will be able to see God's full work and power within us.
When we speak of the power of the Holy Spirit, many people--even Christians--misunderstand the meaning of power. They tend to define power as the world defines it.
In the world's view, power conveys the ability to control people, events, and circumstances for our own advantage. In the world, power brings independence and self-sufficiency, with no need for God's help or the assurance of others.
While many devote their lives to achieving this goal, this type of power can never satisfy the soul or bring joy or peace. The world's power is temporary, leaving a person always wanting more.
The Holy Spirit of God is a gift that is given to all who trust in Jesus Christ. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the life of every believer, it is impossible to live a life of obedience to God.
Only when we surrender to the control of the Holy Spirit will we experience freedom from the control of sin and the flesh. Paul explains our need for the Holy Spirit in the first half of Romans 8.
Proverbs 21:3, 27 (NIV) 3.To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
27.The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
God doesn't need your offering in the plate, but you need to give it! Sometimes we get the idea that if we give to God or make some kind of sacrifice, God is indebted to us. Maybe then He will overlook our sins that we refuse to forsake. The justification in our minds goes something like this: "I don't want to give up this thing that I know is wrong, so instead, I will give to the needy." Good deeds don't nullify evil ones. They don't earn you points in heaven. We are expected to do good when we are able to. That is simply the right thing to do. Not to do so is evil.
Proverbs 12:16 (NIV) 16A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
17:9-10 (NIV) 9.He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. 10.A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Julio Ruibal was one of the instrumental men in the revival of Cali, Columbia. He was a man of prayer and fasting. After coming to Cali to minister, he joined the association of pastors and met with them regularly. At one meeting, someone said something that offended him. He decided to quit going. After separating himself for some time, the Lord spoke to his heart and told him to refuse to be offended. He returned to the group with his apologies, a humbler man.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
When the twelve spies were sent into Canaan to spy out the land, ten returned with a bad report. Their assessment was that it was impossible to conquer the land that God had promised them. Forgetting how God had led them with a pillar of fire by night, and fed them manna from heaven during the day, brought forth water out of a rock, and parted the Red Sea, they saw the situation with only their natural eyes, failed to walk by faith, and succumbed to fear.
Leviticus 16:13-16, 21-22 And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die. 14 He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 "Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
Submitting to one another in the fear of God.-Ephesians 5:21
Sometimes wives choke on the verse that says, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." They might say, "I don't want to submit to my husband or anybody else." But before God tells wives to submit to their husbands, God tells both husbands and wives to submit to one another in the reverence of God.
Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.-Mark 10:9
When I was a kid, I would build models. However, I was really bad at it, because I would get glue everywhere. So when I decided to build a model as an adult, I thought I would be so much better at it. But I discovered that I was as bad as I always had been. Glue was everywhere.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.-Exodus 20:12
Few things in life can bring us as much pleasure or pain as our families. When things are working well in the family, it's great. When things are not going so well, it's tough. Parents have tension with children. Children have tension with parents. Husbands have tension with wives. Wives have tension with husbands. Then there are the in-laws. Families are complex. But God established the family.
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV) 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!
Psalms 42:1-3 (NIV) 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
The words of the first verse have become one of the most popular choruses in the church today. In the song, it is used as an expression of desire to know God more intimately, but in the psalm it is a cry for deliverance from his situation. It is reminiscent of Job when he pleaded to present his case before God.