FDR for Sunday, 02/02/2014. (Late again.)
Our passage for this Sunday is Psalm 6. Please take a moment to pray and read this Psalm.
How often are we angry with ourselves about the way we act that involves sin? Sometimes we are frustrated by often repeated sin. Our passage for today is a cry from within this frustrating place. The old ‘here-we-go-again” situation. I have sinned and offended my God? How do I respond?
Although the writer, most probably David, takes a path back to God and seeks His help. We too, in these intermediate times between the resurrection and Jesus’ return to take His people home, can take this track from recognising sin. Through conviction and understanding of our need for rebuke and the necessary step of seeking God’s healing.
So this psalm begins at this point. Sinned. Convicted. Requesting mercy.
What is exciting here is our pathway back to getting right with God is a path available to all believers. Here is the reason for Jesus’ death. We can’t fix our sinful nature on our own. But the blood of Jesus’ allows us to seek mercy from God when we have sinned. This too is not permission to sin.
The Psalmist takes a road that not only seeks mercy but seeks the healing of himself and his own separation from wickedness. Even the eradication of wickedness.
But I move too quickly. The recognition of needing God’s mercy comes with anguish, sleeplessness, emotional imbalance and plain old anxiety. (Sound familiar?) Anxiety that we have again offended God. Our loving Lord God Almighty.
John provides us with insight to our response to our sin when he writes “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2, NIV) You may recognise most of these words that we often use in our Anglican communion services.
When we are confident God has forgiven us our sin we come to know the great blessing that is described in this great hymn ‘I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene‘ You may have in your memory these rousing words from the chorus ‘How marvelous, how wonderful, . . .’ (Links below.)
This is a place of victory for me. Not my victory but that of Christ’s. A place where my own disappointment at offending God turns to joy and thanksgiving for the mercy He shows me, time and time again. For the unconditional love He pours out on me as I expose before Him my sinful acts and omissions and seek His forgiveness.
So John 3:16 comes to life – in my life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
And so I sing, vigorously, often with tears of joy in my eyes and thanks to my Lord in my heart.
Yours singing, I stand amazed in the presence
Some suggested links for this hymn.
Don’t remember the hymn words. Try this link “I stand amazed in the presence” Thank you Hymnsite.com.
Would you rather sing along. Try this link to the melody line “I stand amazed in the presence“. Thank you Youtube.com and The King’s Army.
Or look for the new arrangement of this hymn by Chris Tomlin.