Summary: What do you do when you have fallen away from the Lord and into sin?
THE THREE Rs OF RENEWAL
( PSALM 51.)
Have mercy upon me, O God,According to Your lovingkindness;According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,Blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,And my sin is always before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,And done this evil in Your sight--That You may be found just when You speak,And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,And in sin my mother conceived me. 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness,That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins,And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,The God of my salvation,And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips,And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,A broken and a contrite heart--These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;Build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
FATAL DALLIANCE ( TRIFLING, FRIVOLOUS ACTION )
ONE DAY A GRASSHOPPER DECIDED TO PLAY WITH A HARMLESS LOOKING SPIDER. SO, HE CRAWLED SLOWLY IN THE HOT SUN AND CAME WITH IN A FEW INCHES OF MR. SPIDER. THEN, HE GRADUALLY CAME WITH IN A VERY SHORT DISTANCE OF THE SPIDER. AND THEN, SLOWLY BUT WITH APPARENT DELIBERATION, THE GRASSHOPPER REACHED OUT WITH ONE OF HIS FEELERS TOWARD MR. SPIDER AS IF TO SHAKE HANDS.
QUICK AS A FLASH, OUT WENT ONE OF THE SPIDER’S LEGS, AND WHEN HE HAD WITHDRAWN IT A WEB HAD BEEN ATTACHED TO THE ANTENNAE OF THE GRASSHOPPER.
INSTEAD OF FLYING AWAY, AS HE MIGHT EASILY HAVE DONE, THE GRASSHOPPER REACHED OUT ANOTHER MEMBER, WITH THE SAME RESULT. TIME AFTER TIME THE PROCESS WAS REPEATED, UNTIL THE HOPPER SEEMED TO BECOME AWARE THAT HE WAS GETTING INTO TROUBLE.
BY THIS TIME HE WAS RESTLESS, AND HIS MOVEMENTS WERE MORE FREQUENT, BUT EACH TIME HE RAISED AN APPENDAGE A NEW WEB WAS ATTACHED. FINALLY IN DESPERATION, MR. HOPPER BEGAN A REAL STRUGGLE TO FREE HIMSELF. BUT, IT WAS TOO LATE.
AT THE VERY MOMENT WHEN HE COMMENCED IN EARNEST TO ATTEMPT HIS ESCAPE, MR. SPIDER JUMPED UPON HIM AND ROLLED HIM OVER AND OVER IN AN EVER-INCREASING COAT OF WEB UNTIL, WITHIN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, THE GRASSHOPPER WAS BOUND AND HELPLESS, AND MR. SPIDER BEGAN HIS MEAL.