Read Ascent Psalm 125 (in the MESSAGE translation if possible)
“Be good to your good people, God, to those whose hearts are right!”(Psalm 125:4).
I grew up in my faith being taught to own my sinfulness. I have believed the words found in Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God….” Yes, I know I was born sinful, a sinner even from the moment of my conception (Psalm 51:5). The shadows of my sinfulness ring deep and true.
I also learned from childhood that “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…He will wash away my sin, let his little child come in…yes, Jesus loves me!” Or as one of the songs I first heard at a youth gathering boldly states,
“I have been bought, I have been bought,
I have been bought by the blood of the Lamb,
And I am saved, thank God, I’m saved
Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, Yes, I am!”
So here’s the deal! I didn’t make me GOOD. Jesus did! God tuned up my heart, much as a musician tunes a guitar. When my life plays good music, guess who ought to get the credit? The Divine Tuner! This music God plays through my life is delightful.
There is an appropriate place for confessing that I am “a poor, miserable sinner.” There is then also an appropriate way to live that does not continually grovel in the dirt of sinfulness. The forgiven child of God rises to live and dance the goodness of God. This is not an illusion or wishful thinking. This is the honest-to-God truth!
Dear Jesus, You know better than anyone else about the sin in my life. I am a sinner! You died and rose for me, too. Thank you. You freed me to live and love and serve.