Beginning with a Fresh Perspective

Early New Years Day, I began my private devotion time reading Psalm 51, a Psalm of confession by David after he had deliberately sinned against God. My initial thought was, I don’t know of any deliberate sin in my life, nevertheless, how can I better begin 2009 than by praying a prayer of confession acknowledging any sin that may be in my heart. None of us is perfect; therefore, a prayer of confession is always appropriate. In 2 Samuel 12:13 David confessed, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Like David, acknowledging the sin that is there and the sins (known and unknown) that are there is the best way I know to begin a new year with a clean slate and a pure heart.

In Psalm 51:10 David prayed, “Create in me a pure heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” In Psalm 19:13 he prayed, “Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me.”

After we have been so richly blessed by God it is so easy to neglect Him and interrupt the continuous flow of blessings promised those who follow Him in obedience. The writer to the Hebrews in Chapter 2:1- 4 warns against our drifting away and neglecting spiritual things:

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation which was first announced by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

Our challenge today is to pause and gain a fresh perspective – in today’s political vernacular – CHANGE. A good way to initiate change is to take steps to perceive God’s greatness, to obey His word and examine and assess our own heart. As David prayed in Psalm 51:12 I have prayed today, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

By faith, I am beginning this New Year forgiven, cleansed by His blood from all my sins and restored into the complete joy of His salvation.

I encourage you to join me. In Romans 13:11-12, Paul wrote, “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”