Psalm 11:1-7 (ESV)
In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
David was confident that he would see God. He believed that he did what is right, and with a few exceptions he was correct. So much so, that in the Scriptures, David is referred to as a man after God’s Own heart. Did he make mistakes, yes certainly. But he was repentant and saw his sin as unacceptable.
We should be the same way. When we mess up and sin, we should repent and consider it unacceptable. After all, we have the ultimate example of perfection in Christ Jesus. Jesus always told those whom He helped, “Go and sin no more.” We could debate until the cows come home whether or not it is even possible to go and sin no more, but I don’t believe God would set us up for failure. He has set us up for success.
Then why do we still sin? Because it is easier than being vigilant over every thought, word, and deed. Jesus sees right through us to the heart. He knows our minds. He tells us go and sin no more. So trust Jesus. Focus on Him daily. Try to think through what the consequences of each thought, action, and motive are.
I want to see God’s Face. Someday when this life is over, and I am no longer a part of this sinful world. I want my Father to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into my rest.”
I don’t know for certain, but if you are reading this, I can only guess that you are interested in living for God. So go with God, go serve Him and our fellow man. Go forth and sin no more. Live in such a way that God is pleased.
by Virgil Stripes
Photo: What the Hebrew Temple looked like 2000 years ago.