Devotions By Jan

Transparency

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see thruil_570xN.438569703_gcwmScripture for Today:  Psalm 32:5  “I acknowledge my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.  Selah.”

These shoes pose two problems.  First, with high arches, most shoes with much of a heel will not work.  But the more obvious problem is its selling point; transparency.  For perfect feet there is no problem.  But for those with any defect at all, these shoes reveal all.  There is no hiding the corn, bunion, callus, or chipping nail polish!  Obviously, not every foot is pretty.  Some toes are just bent and ugly.  For a casual sandal, most feet can risk going bare.  But for a fancy sophisticated look, very few can get away with this much transparency!

Our verse for today reflects a desire to be transparent with the Lord.  David decides to come clean with God.  He acknowledges what he has done wrong.  He no longer tries to hide his sin but instead admits it in humble confession.  The wonderful result is God’s freeing forgiveness not only from the ugly sin itself but also from the accompanying guilt!  It is such an amazing thought that David adds the word, “selah,” which means pause, and calmly think of that!

It is almost comical that I would try to hide anything from the omniscient God of the universe.  Nothing is hidden from Him (Psalm 90:8).  He waits for me to turn to Him so that He can forgive.  But it is my pride that keeps me from admitting my wrongdoing.  Like Adam, I want to assign blame to others or to the circumstances!  My pride prompts me to rationalize or minimize my sin.

Help me, Lord, to be completely transparent with You and so enjoy Your forgiveness.

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