Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1–19
Key Verse: Psalm 51:4
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
There is a sure way to deal with sin, and that is by applying God’s Word to whatever temptation you are facing. If not dealt with, temptation will turn into sin, and sin will gain a stronghold in your life. From that point, it will permeate all you do.
People like to think that sin only affects them. For example, they deny the seriousness of adultery by thinking it won’t hurt anyone else, but it always does! Sin destroys families and friendships, but, most of all, it destroys our fellowship with God. The aftershock of David’s sin with Bathsheba was felt throughout his family and kingdom. It weakened his ability to rule Israel and cost him the respect of family and countrymen. However, the most dramatic result of his sin was how it clouded his fellowship with the Lord.
In Psalm 51, David pled with God for forgiveness. When we cry out to the Lord, He provides the strength and power we need to deal with our sin. He forgives and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. While there are consequences to sin, God will not cast us away. We may have to endure sorrow and embarrassment, but He will walk beside us and strengthen us in our walk with Him.
Father, I realize that sin is rebellion against You. I thank You that through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I can be set free from its entanglement.