O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
How many times have we come to the Lord with our tails between our legs begging His forgiveness and fearing His punishment?
And it hurts all the way down to our bones. And our soul tosses about with anxiety, guilt and shame.
Yet if we come truly sorry for our sin and wanting to change, wanting to live a life that will please Him instead of ourselves, He will be our rescue. His mercy will trump His judgment every time.
And His goodness to us in all of our badness will lead our hearts to repentance.
In repenting we turn around and head in a new direction. The direction heading straight into His waiting arms. The way home.
Only it is a home unlike any we may have known before.
The door is always open and the light is forever left on. One is always there waiting for us.
And the beating of His heart will quicken and all the angels will sing when we forget the wanton way of decay and death and whole heartedly embrace the path of life. His holiness will make us whole because God is kind and God is full of love for us. His love never ends. He never leaves us. He is steady and we can trust Him.
And as we trust Him more, plumbing the depths of the Gospels so that we might know this Jesus better, intimately, we will start to live again, perhaps living for the first time.
No longer chasing shadows while dancing with idols, we will fall exhausted into the everlasting arms of love and be swept away into His grand romance…
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