|“The depth of your faith that you will live eternally determines the degree to which you willingly die temporally.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.” Psalm 51:4
When King David committed murder and adultery, he knew that no sacrifice in the Levitical arsenal could help him. “For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.”361 He understood that His only hope consisted in throwing himself on the mercy and grace of God. His confession in Psalm 51 shows us a proper response to sin.
David does not say that he sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, or Israel; only God. Sin, in the final analysis, is opposition to God. Jesus did not die for man’s sin against man; only for man’s sin against God. God decides how we are to treat one another, and therefore when we sin against others we sin against God. David said, “in Thy sight,” knowing that God looks on. Nothing escapes His notice. One of the marks of regeneration is an awareness that God is watching.
One of the most remarkable aspects of David’s confession is his voting against himself in acknowledgment of God’s righteousness. In a criminal court, you can only plead innocent or guilty. When you plead guilty, you throw yourself on the mercy of the court. Voting against yourself in favor of God is your only hope, for you can only be forgiven if you acknowledge your guilt.
361 Psalm 51:16
Isaiah 32-33 Colossians 1 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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