Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 3

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Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 3 Psalm 51: 1-13 Brothers, how many of you have tried to give flowers without saying, ‘Sorry?’ Sisters, have you been wrong, but instead of addressing the issue you make a kind gesture to make up? In both cases, the real problem is never addressed. Could it be that we spend a lot of time and effort trying to make up with God, rather than repenting and confessing before him? Lord, we have done wrong. In our devotional today, David says, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” The writer is placing emphasis on, “I know” and “Ever before me.” In Hebrew, the word Know is, yâdaʿ, yaw-dah´ which speaks of the knowledge one has. The Hebrew word for Ever is tamiyd, taw-meed´ which means to continue on without interruption. Then the final Hebrew word, Before is, neged, neh´-ghed this word has several meanings, but one meaning, in particular, is,...

Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 2

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Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 2 Psalm 51: 1-13 For several days my three-year-old played with a toy that belonged to one of her brothers, until she realized everything wasn’t working properly on the toy. She came to me and asked, “Daddy, will you buy me this same toy, a new one?” I replied, “Baby, why do you need the same toy new when you’ve been playing with this one?” She answered, “This one is broken; and if all the buttons don’t work it doesn’t work right.” How do we enjoy life or God if our hearts are broken? Not broken because of what someone has done to us, but broken because of sin. I have often wondered at how David could make such an aggressive request of the Lord. Most of us want to be reprimanded with the least amount of punishment for our wrongdoings. David was just the opposite. David was vigorous in asking God to deal...

Is Your Heart Broken?

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Is Your Heart Broken Psalm 51: 1-13 Have you ever needed someone to be good to you? Especially when you know you don’t deserve it. You have messed up. You are messed up. Still, you desperately need someone to love you, be patient with you and be merciful toward you in spite of your faults. This week’s devotional is David’s response to Nathan after the prophet approached David and informed him that the inappropriate relationship with Bathsheba, and the mishandling of Uriah had not gone unnoticed by God. And, David found himself relying upon and needing the goodness of God. David immediately addresses the matter before God. He doesn’t use a lot of words to describe his sin and he is not trying to avoid the issue. He knows he is wrong. Questions: How often do we come before God not seeing our sin the way he sees it? Do we presume to approach God with a “He understands we...

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 5

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Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 5 Psalm 1 “The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” The writer of Psalm 1 places before us two choices, either choose the wise, righteous path or choose the foolish, wicked path. Many of us who profess to be followers of Christ know there are only two choices or paths to take. Nevertheless, we can often live as if there is a third choice, you know the one I am talking about, the unspoken choice, the option between the righteous or the wicked. I don’t believe we have a name for it, but it is the path we think we are taking when we know we are not behaving wisely yet we don’t consider ourselves to be foolish. The...

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 4

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Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 4 Psalm 1 “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” There is almost nothing more disheartening than going through life aimless, or worse still, following the wrong purpose for our lives. Many wonder how one discovers their purpose in life. Much time and energy are spent by many attempting to find that one satisfaction. My answer has always been the same. ‘As we walk with the Lord being led by the Holy Spirit, we naturally walk into our purpose.’ I believe some have struggled with this answer because to some that seems too simple and to others it seems too difficult. The answer is too simple to some because we are often looking for a degree of complexity when discovering our purpose. And, difficult to others because we are...