TITLE: A new position
By David McArdle
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A new position
“Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Your commandments.” [Psalm 119.6 NASB]
Arising from his spiritually enlightened conscience, it is primarily only the believer who can genuinely feel shame and do something positive about it.
David was aware that he was also failing to keep some of God’s commandments, and this was creating a genuine sense of shame and the need to put matters right, as quickly as possible.
Partial obedience is the little brother of wilful disobedience. Where does sin start in a believer's life? When we give self, and one of its many tentacles, a free reign.
Satan may be deceived but he is not completely stupid. Very often, what he implies as harmless and inconsequential may well prove to be the main avenues of access for him to afflict and torment us.
Time and time again when David was conscious of a particular failing he did not indulge in a witch-hunt for a particular sin or make an appointment to see a church counsellor. Rather, he brought all of his weaknesses and failings to God.
As David meditated on His word, God would seal His principles on his heart [Psalm 119:11]. This resulted, as later writers would confirm, in David following and serving God with his whole heart.
Was this process of restoration only applicable to David? No. It is for everyone who will do what David did - admit your need to God and apply the principles of holy living, which He will teach you when you are alone with Him. [David McArdle]
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