10 of 22 from Psalm 119
As we come to know our Psalmist, we get a better insight into his heart. He knew he was an example of imperfection, (as all Christians are,) and he knew he had failed God. (Most likely on an hourly basis.)
Our Psalmist begged God for the necessary understanding and wisdom he needed “to be a light” for God in this dark and dreary world.
Our Psalmist understood that God had known him forever. (Jeremiah, years later also learned this from God.)
We as Christians need to comprehend “the heart” of our Psalmist. He knew he wasn’t perfect. He knew he had “come short” and was repentant of his situation. His greatest fear was not being “sound in thy statutes.” He didn’t want to be “found out” and ashamed in the Sight of God, nor in the sight of the world.
(I can relate to the Psalmist’s “fear.”) However, my “greater fear” is that today’s Christians no longer know “shame” or that “to be ashamed” exists. Today, if a person shows “shame,” it is because he was finally “found out.” (He was caught.)
Today’s Christians no longer respect God with their best attire at Church. It is just a “come as you are” mentality. There is no “fear” (respect) of God. (We want the prettiest buildings, the plushest interiors; yet, “jeans and a tee shirt” are the best we can do.)
“The divorce rate” among Christians is nearly as high as the “world’s divorce rate.” (A large number of these divorces involve adultery.) Whatever happened to “till death do we part?” Where is our pride in God? (We should be Glorifying Him.)
Let us as Christians get back to allowing God’s Light to shine through us. Let us remember “shame” and “embarrassment.” Let us ask (beg) God to remind us of “His Way.” Let us repent, get ourselves back to God, and refresh ourselves in The Holy Spirit and our Lord and Saviour Jesus The Christ.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
He came to destroy “the works of the devil. ”
We must decide following our own desires is futile. We must search our hearts, and beg for God’s forgiveness. In that forgiveness, (humbling ourselves before Him,) we must decide, with conviction, to repent of our ways and begin walking (as seriously and as fervently as possible) toward God’s Will.
His Will for you and I is that we be under The Word of God, and not forsake “the assembling of the brethren.” So, Christian, “Have I described you? What are you going to do about it?” Repent. Change Today. Walk in His Light.
Bro John R. E Chastain