2016 was a great year for me and my family. I gained back much of the momentum that had puttered out from 2013’s abrupt exit from working in ministry.
I was wrestling down sins in my life, trying to gain more self control, and being filled with regret each time I’d fail in any way.
I found myself reeling from guilt from some habitual sin, and my daily confessions to God were sounding quite irresponsible.
“God, just like two days ago, I again need forgiveness for x,y,z. I’m so sorry – I know my sin is wicked and grave, help me!”
Then I came upon a Psalm one day, that was a perfect fit for my dilemma. I memorized it, and started praying it multiple times a day out loud.
“how can I know all the sins lurking inside me? Cleanse me from these hidden faults, keep your servant from deliberate sins – don’t let them control me! Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you oh Lord my rock and my redeemer!” Psalm 19:12-14
Something started to change in my life that day. I really felt like God would send in the reinforcements after I would pray this. When I added some external accountability in the form of a small group, that’s when some breakthroughs truly occurred.
I want to encourage you that daily praying this Psalm, in an authentic way, can start to change your heart and life. I hope it helps you as much as it did me.