40 Days in Psalms – Day 5

Ps 19 – “Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work.”

We all want to live this week better than we lived last week. A clean slate is right up our alley. No more “stupid sins” and no more of the stupidest sin of them all — thinking we can take over the Lord’s work.

Sin keeps us from recognizing or hearing the voice of God. Like layer upon layer of hard enamel paint, sin deadens us to the gentle movements of the Holy Spirit. Eventually, this spiritual hardening numbs us to God’s Presence and His transforming power.

Clean SlateRarely do we think of sin as stupid. For the most part, our actions are “understandable” and “explainable.” Sin is remarkably self-justifying within us. Our outburst was caused by weariness or stress. Our lie was prompted by best intentions or fear. Loneliness or pain drove us to the alcohol or porn.

Today is a great day to say “No more!” No more soft-peddling. No more excuses. No more victim mentality. No more captivity to stupidity. No more.

Whereas once (perhaps even yesterday) we were dead because of sin, today we consider ourselves dead to sin. It will not be master over us. We will not serve it. We will not tolerate it. We will not provide sanctuary for it (see Romans 6).

With our repentance, and by God’s grace, today is a new day; a clean slate; a fresh start. We thank Christ for it, and we lean into it with joy and great hope.

Breath Prayer for Today: “Dead to sin; alive to God.”

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4 Responses to 40 Days in Psalms – Day 5

  1. Cheri Cancelliere says:

    Amen! Thanks for the hard truth, David. Sin really is stupid and in Christ we are free!
    “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam 3:21-23).

  2. Steve Block says:

    Thanks for today’s great post, David. It’s just what I needed to hear.

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