Repentance is for the Godly?
Sometimes we feel as I God is far away. Other times we don’t want God to see what we are doing. If you feel as though God is not even hearing your prayers, much less answering them, maybe it is time to do some self analysis. Repentanceis not something we do once and never have to do again. It is an ongoing activity for the person who wants to remain close to God.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had it made. All they had to do was enjoy God’s goodness and provision. God gave them one restriction and beyond that, they could do as they pleased. God visited them daily and “walked” with them and they worshipped Him. The relationship was a vey close one.
Then one day, Satan came along and told them a lie. They were told they would not die if they ate the forbidden fruit. They were told that if they ate that fruit, they could become a “god” just like God.
The perplexing thing is, how could these 2 people actually believe the lies of Satan over the truths of God? But that has been the perplexing thing about humans ever since the events in the Garden. Mankind has been falling for Satan’s lies for nearly 6,000 years.
King David, the most loved of all the kings over Israel in history, the one that provided the lineage for Yahushua Hamashiach. David was anointed as a young boy to be the leader of Israel. But even Davidvwas not immune to sin. He lusted after a beauty he saw sun bathing. He even had her husband sent to the front lines against the enemies if Israel where he would be killed. This opened the door to David taking Bathsheba as his wife. But this had a profound effect on David and his relationship with God.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.
1 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.
Repentance is for the GodlyDavid understood the importance of repentance and forgiveness to the “Godly”. The lack of repentance shows in the loss of joy that being in God’s presence brings. It causes loneliness even if surrounded by people. It causes a sadness that seemingly can’t be cured.
In the 17th verse, David gives us the recipe for getting back close to God. Repentance and confession is seen throughout this famous Psalm, but none clearer than in verse 3. And based on the forgiveness David asked for in the first 2 verses, he recognized what his part would be in verse 4.
A careful and frequent reading of this great passage helps us to see where we stand with God and how to get back close to
Him. Then may we ask of God, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
I truly desire to be as close to God as possible as I am sure it is yours. When we falter, even in the slightest, we need to stop, recognize what we have done and immediately confess our transgression, seek forgiveness and not be afraid or tell other of our loving Father.