First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Message recaps

Our message this week was a reminder of the need to allow God to examine our hearts. In Psalm 51, King David reminded us of his humanity. See, we all fall short. David was no exception. However, God called him to great things because of his desire to allow God to examine his heart, show him the error in his ways, and surrender to God, so he could be helped from the pit of sin that we all inevitably get into,  at some point in time. NONE OF US are good. We just sin differently- not better or worse. We are made righteous through God- alone. Our sacrifice will never be enough. No amount of volunteer work, or monetary offering can make up for our sin. Our Lord desires one thing- our hearts. Once we give Him that, truly and completely, what we seek and what we see, is changed. This is how we "abide" in Him and not just visit from time to time. Seek, knock, find..... the door will be opened. Amen.

             Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then you will delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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