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GUILTY CONSCIENCES

January 28, 2017

Saturday

 

Psalm 40:12

 

For evils beyond number have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see; They are more numerous than the hairs of my head, And my heart has failed me.

 

 

LESSON

 

David appealed to the Lord for continuing deliverance on the basis of God’s past salvation and the psalmist’s personal dedication to God. He referred to his troubles as arising out of his many sins. He had praised God for His loyal love and truth in the past. Now he counted on those qualities to sustain him in the future. He was so deeply troubled that he lost perspective.

 

To the end of life we shall continually need God’s loving-kindness, to deal mercifully with our failures and sins, and His truth, that is, His faithfulness. The Covenant, ordered in all things and sure, and that which binds him irrevocably, is the rock of our comfort, whether we are compassed by innumerable evils or overtaken by iniquities.

 

Memory Verse: John 8:7

 

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

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