always before me

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“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me…” (Psalm 51:1-3).

King David.  The man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22; cf. 1 Samuel 13:14).  The David of David and Goliath.  Confesses, “My sin is always before me.”

My sin is always before me.

My sin is always before me.

“I can’t get away from it.”  “It consumes me.”  “I am overwhelmed by it.”

And yet, over time and by God’s grace, he does get away from it.  And it ceases to consume him.  The burden is removed.  David becomes overwhelmed not by his sin but by God’s grace.  And finally, finally, he breathes a cleansing sigh of relief, as his sin is no longer always before him.

When we consider Psalm 51 in it’s entirety, we witness God doing for us that which we cannot accomplish for ourselves.  Taking away that which positions us in conflict with Him and with ourselves and with others.  And allowing us to not be defined by our sin, but rather, to be defined as men and women after His own heart.

“Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.  O you who hear prayer, to you all humanity will come.  When we were overwhelmed by our sins, you forgave our transgressions” (Psalm 65:1-3).

“My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul.”

Glory to God!


a community of refugees

“They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the Apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as they had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-47).

God creates humanity in His image.  Spiritually.  He created you and me, in His spiritual image.  No one can be you but you.  You are unique in the way that you reveal faith to others.  Pretty profound stuff if you ask me….

God exists in community.  Father, Son, and Spirit.  We too are created to exist in community.  With God (the Father, Son, and Spirit) and with one another.

A mark of Christian maturity is how we go about intentionally ministering to others.  Specifically, how we minister to the spiritual needs of each and every person of whom we come into a close proximity.  How we minister to those who are “churched” (those who are a part of faith).  And how we minister to those who are “unchurched” (those who have little or no experience in faith).  However a crucial demographic that we are to be so very intentional in our ministering, is those who are “dechurched.”  And what I mean by “dechurched” is that we are intentional in our ministry to those who have had bad experiences in organized religion.  That we are intentional in our care and in our nurture and in our ministry to those who have come to have a invalid poor opinion of Christ, because of a valid poor opinion of those who wear His name.

To facilitate a community of Christian “refugees.”  Where Christian refugees feel safe and protected.  To foster a community where Christian refugees are healed and empowered.

A community of refugees….  Sounds an awful lot like the Kingdom of God!

Glory to God!