"The Lord judges the peoples..." Psalm 7:8a
It is intriguing to see David's words reflecting a man who is more fearful of the words of others than an attack by a lion! He had faced the lion and the bear, and won! He asked for deliverance from his pursuers who, as he described, would tear his soul apart as easily as a lion tears its prey apart after the kill. David's exaggeration, "...with none to deliver." (v.2), is God's way of showing us that He is not offended by our transparency. Why else would He have preserved it in His Word? David invited God to examine his actions, and judge his intentions of the heart. He even offers God his own life as ransom for his own actions. (v.'s 3-5) We, like David, should always be keenly aware that God will judge both our intentions and actions. When it comes to sin, we should be just as confident as David in approaching God's throne. (Read v.8b)
Many years ago, I sang in an auditioned group called The Winthrop Singers. We represented the college around the state to recruit students, and we sang concerts each semester, as well as for special occasions such as Christmas and Alumni Weekend. One of the selections we sang during those years was an arrangement of the Simon and Garfunkle song, "Cecilia", recorded in November of 1969, and released in April of 1970. The song contained some rather 'racey' lyrics, which we sang enthusiastically - being a well known pop hit of our high school years, while not even considering the message we were espousing. It was some three or so years later, I met a woman in Fort Worth, TX, who was also a Winthrop graduate and who heard 'The Singers' sing the song at an Alumni weekend on the Winthrop campus. She remembered my face in particular, and confronted me with these words: "You have un-confessed sin in your life." You see, she was also a retired missionary, and was quite convincing of my need to repent for the message I had endorsed through my voice in the group. I did... and she prayed with me. We talked about a host of things that day, and she helped me process through a litany of confessions which helped me to consider the seriousness of sin. Even now, the memory of those moments with Miss Bertha Smith remind me to keep my sin list short and to allow God to work in my heart those thoughts that are good and right.
How about you? Have you considered the powerful thought that
THE LORD JUDGES THE PEOPLES.
It includes everyone... do not let your mind pass up the opportunity to confess and be cleansed by His soul cleansing power.
I've provided a link about the life of Miss Bertha Smith below: