Forgiveness and Freedom
Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. Those who hate me without cause outnumber the hairs on my head. Many enemies try to destroy me with lies, demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal. O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you.
Psalm 69:1-5 NLT
Some people live by the idea that we need to fake it ‘til we make it. They even apply this to their relationship with God. They think they can hide their sin and failure by stuffing them in a closet, so God doesn’t see. Usually, they know inside they can’t hide anything from God, but they keep trying to act as if it isn’t there.
David gives us a different picture. He admits, “my sins cannot be hidden from you.” The picture he paints is of a person drowning and sinking “deeper and deeper” into the mire. He realizes he is helpless to stand on his own. He is even exhausted from weeping over his failures.
There is freedom in recognizing we are helpless. We are sinners. We need God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy. We need the Holy Spirit to pick us up and clean us up. And we know God will do this for us because He loves us unconditionally. God is love.
Yes, God knows all my sins and failures. And, yes, He still loves me. I don’t have to be afraid to come to God and admit my sins. I can confess to Him and discover forgiveness and freedom.
Bondage comes when we try to hide our sins. Freedom comes in discovering God’s forgiveness.
Holy Spirit, help me open every part of my life to Your inspection. Help me to see those areas I have tried to hide. Help me to be free today as I open my entire life to You.
Scroll down to share what you feel God is saying to you based on today’s reading.