Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Repentance - part 2 - Longing To Be Restored

SC 24  "When the heart yields to the influence of the Spirit of God, the conscience will be quickened, and the sinner will see something of the depth and sacredness of God's holy law, the foundation of His government in heaven and on earth.  The 'light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,' illumines the secret   chambers of the soul, and the hidden things of darkness are made manifest.'  John 1:9. Conviction takes hold upon the mind and heart.  The sinner has a sense of the righteousness of Jehovah and feels the terror of appearing, in his own guilt and uncleanness, before the Searcher of hearts.  He sees the love of God, the beauty of holiness, the joy of purity; he longs to be cleansed and to be restored to communion with  Heaven.
     The prayer of David after his fall, illustrates the nature of true sorrow for sin.  His repentance was sincere and deep.  There was no effort to palliate his guilt, no desire to escape the judgment threatened, inspired his prayer.  David saw the enormity of his transgression; he saw the defilement of his soul; he loathed his sin. It was not for pardon only that he prayed, but for purity of heart.  He longed for the joy of holiness--to be restored to harmony and communion with God."

Read David's prayer in Psalms 32:1,2 and Psalm 51:1-14. And make this prayer your own, you will be surprised the meaning it takes on when you pray it for yourself.  Grandma Joan

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