Out in the Light, Down in the Sea

“As for me, I will look to the LordI will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication… Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness and steadfast love… as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old. Micah 7:7-9,18-20

I have been stricken by ugly, despicable sin attitudes that rage in my heart. I know mine is a wrestling not against flesh and blood, but against an enemy whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy– my communion with Jesus, my joy, peace, loving relationships, any fruit  of the Spirit or fruit for Him–, and I praise God He is greater in me than this wily one in the world, His Holy Spirit convicts, and Jesus my Advocate sets me free! There is no God like this Who pled my cause and bore judgment for my sin on the cross, Who brings me into the light because He is light, Whose compassion and amazing love drown my iniquity in the depths of the sea! I see the waves, rolling over and over in constant, beautiful rhythm, reminding me that His deep deep love washes and renews and refreshes and regenerates, again and again, and that my forgiven sin will no more rise. (Ephesians 6:12; John 8:12;10:10; 1 John 1:5;2:1-2;4:4)

Waves, New Zealand coast

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Great God, temptations come, but You are the shield round about me and the lifter of my head. I cry to You for Your merciful pardon and casting of my sin into the depth of the sea, and You answer. Please keep me in the light, and at the first hint of darkness, coming into Your light. May I ever rejoice in Your faithfulness and love, showing the same grace to others You show repeatedly to me. (Psalm 3:3-4)

 

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