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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For January 2, 2020
A Contrite Heart

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Same passage as yesterday. This is not a rerun from yesterday.

Psalms 51:1-19 KJV
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

The truth about repentance has not changed from Old to New Testament. Why is confession of sin important to a believer. One begans to believe first in God, even before the guilt of sin begins. I suspect even atheist feel guilt even without faith when they do something wrong to someone or something they care about. Why is our relationship with God important? Some things must be defined by an individual reason. Most might come up with, will he just God and you can't argue with the fact he is God, and If he wants to know you then he going to help you know who He is. That probably a grade school answer. Yet in reality sometimes the grade school answer is good enough for the believer. You can not repent without faith so belief is the first step of salvation but it not the only step to salvation. Yet belief and God and his Son is essential for salvation. If we go back further to when Jesus was only the word and not in human flesh as described both in John 1 and in Luke 2. we can not deny God's word being the only defining line of salvation ever for man. Noah learn about obeying God's word when the flood came, Moses learned about God's word when he stood before Pharaoh and plagues happened. Moses also learn about God's word when water poured out of a rock and provisions of food was given to Israel out of nothing done by man's ability. When God speaks to man's heart or convicts man of sin he would confess it. He would correct man. Why correct King David he owned the palace? David had sin by stealing a man's wife and then having him killed in battle. For that David would almost loose the kingdom and also loose the son of the woman he stole and another son who would try and take control of the palace Absalom. David not only was judged by God but judged by a prophet. A prophet that spoke of David sin in allegory/metaphorical of what David did to convict him of sin and address the issue.

What is sin a conviction of the soul when one does something that does not please God, or the simple fact of knowing one is a sinner, in regards of not always doing the things in life God's way. Most of us have no qualms with the fact we do not always do things God's way. Man rationalizes they living okay even not always doing things as God would want them too and be happy because it still went okay. If one plans a hiking trip, is God in it. Is God in one's decision of school, work, church, finances and family? Is God in your decisions you make? No one prayers 24/7 in every decision. Some claim it, but in reality it probably does not happen for the simple fact our reaction to certains events in time, is not lets pray, but lets move. If your house is on fire are you going to pray before you find a door to go out? The answer is probably no, but you might pray going to that door. God is not in every decision we make, despite how we try and allow God to be in all our decisions. Our humanity comes in and the human nature of sin comes into play. Sin can seem minor to us humans as far as everyone else did it too, but it not how many did it, it not about how many did it too, but did we confess it to God and repent of it. Meaning did we ourselves feel sorrow for our sin.

Man has been sacrficing for sin for a long time, repaying God for their transgressions in burnt offerings in Old Testament even New Testament it was still occuring. The true sacrifices of God wants is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, God will not despise; verse 17 in the above passage. David was willing to give God burnt offering to please him. God took David's son from him. God took from David what was going to get his attention. I personally would not hopefully tell someone they lost a baby because of sin. The reader needs to know this is a annointed man of God talking to his heavenly Father about his sin. How can he be annointed if his sin cost him his son. Just because one has a relationship with God it does not make them perfect. David does not live in temple, he lives in the palace, and is a war hero. There things that happen in the palace and at war that is sinful and would never be allowed in church or the temple of God. These are men being men and not always godly men. David was not less human when it came to his life style as king. He had more then one wife, and he had taken more then one woman to be his wife. David dealt with the lust of the flesh in his human nature. He also had concubines. He was not exempt to the nature of the world around him.

If David had lived in the temple instead of the palace he would of been priestly in his actions, he would not be like the pope that been jerking his hand back as people try and kiss his ring, or smacking people perhaps. He perhaps would of had one wife, and spent many hours on his harp and reading scrolls all day, and helping people all day long. King David though chosen by God was very much a man's man and not necessarily what one might call godly in life style. Yet he was chosen by God to lead the people because of his key word here, faith. David actions would catch up with him and he would be made a public spectacle and almost loose his palace. God shamed David because he shamed God and Israel. Israel was shamed in regards to David stealing an israelites soldier's wife in adultery and then tried hard to cover up the pregnancy of Bathesheba the woman he sinned with.

David is now prostrated on the floor of the palace locked behind closed doors begging God to accept a sacrifice on the altar instead of taking his son's life. Even his contrite spirit was not enough to please God or keep God from taking his son. Why did God take his son. He took an innocent life as David had taken an innocent life that had belonged to him. To teach David the pain and guilt of his actions. God's chastisement after belief and salvation for eternity can come with a price we wish we would not have to pay. All our sins for eternity is covered by the blood of Jesus upon salvation. Sin is covered in regards to eternal life, but sin still remains in regards to our human life as far as needing to be transformed and renew our mind making changed of one's human behavior. Forgiveness comes immediately with the right heart towards God as far as repentance, but correction of sin that continues to plague our human life is corrected by transformation of God's word.

David had to make continual sacrifice or payment for sin. Israel had to continue to make sacrifices until Christ came and died for our sins. No longer payment for sin needed. It was enough, for God to allow Christ to return to man after he said Father forgive them for they no not know what they do. Our faith justifies us as a believer in God, confession of sin, takes away the one thing that keeps us from having a relationship with God, and Christ sacrifice is the only payment that is needed for sin for eternity. Forgiveness coming because man understood not that Jesus was King and the great Shepherd.

I be honest when i seen the film clip of the pope the other day, I thought maybe he should just tell his people he can not save them, my position is I am human just like you. I need Christ just like you. I will pray as I need prayer too. If he is not the touch feely pope as popes before him, he needs to speak up for himself. Do I think his people would understand, I think they might. His position is because of his knowledge and hopefully faith. We must beware of power and the ability to control a crowd. The crowd must also understand our humanity has well. Ministers have the fralaties of human desires and needs. If we fail to see these things in ministers not just kings we make them into gods without their consent. Leaders are human, if we can not see their humanity, we fail to see their faith when they to have to fall to their knees. Even pope apologize for his actions yesterday. I am not perfect either and I think sometimes when people view a person without faults they do and can look godlike. Yet when our humanity shines forth it is a blessing sometimes. It keeps us real with who we are as a people, in need of a Savior and of repentance too. If the world can view our faults has being human then change can take place in the lives of both leaders and people. God wants to change the human heart no matter their roll in life. We all are leaders at something, even if it just as a parent.

Dear Heavenly Father, bring us to our knees and bring our hearts to a place of misery because of sin. Let our hearts be in a place of true repentance before your throne. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Luke 4:14-19 KJV
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.


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