Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, “ I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked but unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! Psalm 32: 6-11 NLT
I love the image of God leading us like a pack mule, guiding us the best way for our lives. And we, the mule, are so stubborn. Instead of simply following, we require a bit and a bridle to make sure we obey God.
I think the bit and bridle imagery means that we fall short of God's direction. We rebel and sin and do things that are me-centered rather than God centered. We would rather do our own thing and live in sorrow rather than confess and live in joy.
What would happen if all Christians got on their knees this very day and confessed their sins to God? I mean truly and honestly confessed. Would we see changes in the way people act and carried out their everyday lives? Would hearts be healed and transformations occur? Would your own heart be filled with gladness enough to shout?
I know you probably skipped yesterday's confessional, didn't you? Well, here is another opportunity:
God, I confess my sins to you. Not the superficial stuff but the real deep sins that I carry in my heart.
Forgive me, Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims