Day 170: June 19, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Psalm 32
1 How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! 2 How joyful is the man the Lord does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit! 3 When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Selah 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord ,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah 6 Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him. 7 You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. 9 Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you. 10 Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the Lord will have faithful love surrounding him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

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Ruling in Favor of Forgiveness
by Keely Boggs, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

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These days, it seems like every drama series is centered on criminal minds and behaviors. Consequently, we’ve all seen our fair share of TV courtrooms. Wrapped up in the plot, we’ve watched from the edge of our seats as the fates of our favorite characters have hung in the balance.

When the jury returns from deliberation and hands the verdict to the bailiff, the room hushes and becomes so silent you can almost hear a pin drop. Everyone anxiously waits to see whether the defendant will be declared guilty of the charges against him.

“Will the defendant please rise?” the judge asks.

Before the final pronouncement is read, the defendant looks as if the weight of the world is on him. The next words said will determine the fate of his future.

“We the jury find the defendant…(pause for dramatic effect)…not guilty.”

Spontaneously, the defendant’s family and friends erupt in applause and shout for joy.

Without fail, the defendant typically reacts one of two ways: he collapses under the release of his emotions and cries tears of gratitude, or he throws his hands in the air and hollers, re-claiming the right to his freedom.

As Christians, this scene should seem somewhat familiar. At some point, it was we who stood in the defendant’s place and awaited sentencing for the sins we’d committed. Only in our case, we were found guilty on all counts and sentenced to life without parole.

Even with all the evidence stacked against us, the Judge still saw fit to provide us with a pardon. But someone had to pay for our crime, so He sent His Son to be punished in our place.

Psalm 32 depicts the life of a free man. David knew what it was like to have his sins forgiven—to be granted mercy despite the mess he knew himself to be.

Are you like David—do you live in the freedom you’ve been granted? Or do you live like a prisoner, shackled by your sin and shame? Are you walking in the forgiveness of the Father? Or are you still serving a sentence for a debt you no longer owe?

Praxis

  1. Pray Psalm 51:12 – Ask God to restore the joy of His salvation to you.
  2. Share your story - Through the telling of our testimony we re-gain an appreciation for who God is and what He’s done for us.
  3. Develop a bold faith – Help others discover their freedom in Christ.
  4. Confess your sins – He is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9).

About JourneyOn Today

Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.