Wednesday, March 21
When he wrote the words of this text, “Cast me not away from your presence,” King David knew very well that God was faithful and would not leave him, even though, by his sins David had left God. He knew that God was waiting for the right time to confront him with his terrible sins so that God could confront this earthly king with even greater forgiveness. He knew that he had not been thrown away but that God still loved him and wanted to make him aware of his sins so that he could learn that his sins were taken away again and again and again.
It is understandable that David, crushed by his sin, would still say: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity…. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow…. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.”
God loves us and wants us to know that we will be forgiven again and again and again.
-Submitted by Jan Lanterman
William Sloan Coffin, former pastor of Riverside Church in New York, defined hell as truth seen too late. God’s desire is that truth constitute our inner being. How has God cleansed your heart and put a new and right spirit within you?