Friday, February 25, 2011

Full

My heart is full of sin and pride.

It's not pretty.

Yesterday morning as I was walking my little white ball of fluff, dodging puddles unsuccessfully, I felt weighted down by my sins. I could barely see for the dirt and muck I was encased in (and I'm not talking about the puddles). I felt heavy.

I felt hopeless.

Never have David's words in the Psalms rung so true for me as they did during that morning walk:

       For troubles without number surround me;
       my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
       They are more than the hairs of my head,
       and my heart fails within me. Psalm 40:12

I came home, poured myself some coffee (you knew that was coming, didn't you?), and let it grow cold as I prayed through David's words of lament.

David's cries were my cries.

I had to ask myself

        Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5

Then David's salvation became my joy.

     I waited patiently for the LORD;
       he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
       out of the mud and mire;
       he set my feet on a rock
       and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
       a hymn of praise to our God.
       Many will see and fear
       and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3

Yes, I will sing a new song. Because now I can see.  And my heart is full.

With Him.

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14 comments:

  1. Andrea, thank you for sharing how God lifts you when you call on Him. ((hugs))

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  2. I'm overcome with that feeling of sinFULLness from time to time--is there any worse feeling? I think not. But Truth (like you reminded us of) overcomes. To quote Lynda: Amen!

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  3. I love how God comes to comfort us in the exact way that touches us at the time. Love this post, Andrea.

    I'm singing a new song with you today but it might be just a smidgeon off key;)

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  4. LOVE this, Andrea. So very, VERY true and moving. God is so good - and I love how you shared it.

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  5. Andrea...wrapping you in angels' wings and hugs! A beautiful way to get this across, and a perfect example of how we are to look at sin and overcome it. We Do have an advocate, now...the Perfect High Priest, who totally understands us and what we are going through!
    Loveyou!

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  6. I have always enjoyed David talking to his soul.... and your reflections on this piece helped me to think it through even more. Love the boots!

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  7. You remind us of the amazing peace and restoration that comes when we
    pour ourselves out before the Lord.
    It's not easy to admit what's going on in our hearts, but God already knows. He's just waiting for honesty like yours. Beautifully written.

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  8. Several years ago, when I was going through clinical depression, I carried that verse with me. It is highlighted in my Bible and now I give God praise each time I come across it!

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  9. I love that through His word we can find peace. We can come before His throne and set at His feet and find sweet rest for our weary souls! Thanks so much for this wonderful reminder!

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  10. Love your transparency. We've all been there ... some just longer than others. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. This week in ladies Bible study we're studying "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." Seeing our sin as God sees it is so necessary to true repentance. And when we repent, we receive comfort...and what comfort it is! =]

    Thanks, Andrea!
    Hugs!

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  12. Love this! Thanks for sharing from your heart :)

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  13. I don't know how many times I've opened up the Psalms & read David's words that seem straight from my heart! Good words, Andrea, as always! Thanks for being transparent.

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