hen I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in the right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar. Psalms 51:13-19
Sin, while it is devastating, can also be a learning tool. You see, the part of scripture that is overlooked or not considered is that what the Lord has to say is not “mere theory” they are based on lessons learned. Of course, no one really appreciates learning from failure because it causes us to doubt our strengths. David learned a lesson from Bathsheba that he would never forget. We are the progenitors of thousands of years of life lessons. if we pay attention to the events that unfolded in David’s life we will avoid those traps no matter how compelling they may be. The Devil also has learned from the past which is why he is so clever in deceiving the children of G-d. Add to your arsenal my friends and grow strong in the Lord with a contrite heart.
The tragedy of sin is that we are led by our appetite so when we are hungry at home we’ll go in search of food in somebody else’s house. So please help me to be filled at home and find joy in your eternal presence all the days of my life. I pray for my family that you will watch over us and keep us no matter where our pathway leads us. You are the eternal G-d who for thousands of years you have led and matured great men and women for your kingdom. May your Word reside in my heart that I may not sin against you. I pray for Ukraine and Russia that you will bring this squall to an end so that both sides win. I pray especially for those who are negatively impacted by the trouble that has rocked their world. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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