AUGUST 10, 2021 CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL : TOPIC – FOLLY OF SINNING SECRETLY
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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
FOLLY OF SINNING SECRETLY
Read: Psalm 139:1-12
Psalms 139:1-12 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
“Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so l shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD (Jeremiah 23:24)
Sinners of every description commit in secret what they would not dare to perpetrate, if they know that the eyes of their fellow creatures were upon them. The thief takes advantage of his privacy to lay his hand upon his neighbour’s property. The adulterer watches for the return of night, when he may accomplish his wicked purposes without detection.
The rapist waits for the right time to strike at his unsuspecting victim. Such conduct however is folly in the extreme. Our memory scripture for today rhetorically asks as a message from the Lord, “Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. This verse proclaims the Omnipresence of God. In other words, He is everywhere, and thereby, sees everything. Proverbs 15:3 says, ‘The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good’.
The Psalmist exclaimed, ‘Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?’ (Psa. 139:7-12) He is saying no matter where we hide, God is there. There is one way, and only one, in which we can hide our sins from God; and that is, by fleeing to the Lord Jesus Christ for refuge. Then, though God will behold the sinner, He will not behold the sin. (1 Jn. 1:8). Let this be remembered in reference to all the sins we have ever committed in secret, and let it teach us to seek the remission of them while yet the day of mercy is given to us. Remember the question of Elisha to Gehazi (2 Kgs. 5:26).
1. Lord Jesus, give me total victory over secret sins in my life.
2. O God, create in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
3. Holy Spirit, convict us of any secret sin in our lives, and grant us the power to overcome them, in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 12:7 – 18:17; Romans 3:16 – 4:6