Psalm 51:16-17 The Message (MSG)
"Going through the motions doesn't please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don't for a moment escape God's notice."
David had written this Psalm after he was confronted about having an affair with Bathsheba. He was feeling exposed, ashamed, humbled, and remorseful. Although David was a man after God's own heart (1 Sam 13:14), he acted absolutely contrary to what God desires and to what God had been teaching him throughout all his years. Interestingly David recognizes, "Against you, only have I sinned and done evil in your sight..."(Psalm 51:4).
If God alone is the plumb-line, why then as Christians are we so readily available to persecute and condemn others when they fall short or sin (as if they have sinned against us personally)? God alone is the maker and ruler of the Law. If and when we sin, it is against God alone that we sin because next to His purity and holiness, the sin is exposed!
We have somehow embraced the false ideology that the more bible studies and church services we attend, the more "holier than thou" we have become. This is not so! Works doesn't save us...Jesus does. However, when we are focusing on Jesus, HE will direct our paths on how to serve Him and it will not feel like works at all because it is done out of love...not obligation.
Our works are nothing but dirty rags to the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). God sees the motives and intentions of our heart. What pleases God more than works and sacrifices is a broken, humble spirit and a contrite heart. A heart that humbly recognizes that it falls short, doesn't have room to boast in its own performance while it belittles the performance of others.
When we as Believers do not truly understand God's salvation, His redemption, His love, and His forgiveness, that is when we as Believers exhaustingly try to "prove" to ourselves, God, and others that we are worthy. The result is simply, well, a worn-out Christian.
So where does the plumb-line lie? Well, God is the divine standard, the builder of His people, He tests and judges us. And He is ready and willing to forgive and rebuild his people. Shouldn't we as Christians do the same....forgive and help rebuild God's people?
Today I encourage you to make yourself readily available for someone who has a fallen, sinful, prideful, heart-shattered life that is waiting and willing to embrace God's unfailing love through you.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.