Please read Psalm 6.
We spent our last lesson studying the first 7 verses of this Psalm in which David expresses his sorrow over his sin. But in the middle of verse 8 and into verse 9, he says three times in three different ways, that the Lord has heard his plea.
David is truly repentant for his sin. He has experienced all of the emotions of sorrow. He even has declared, “depart from me, all you workers of evil,” making every effort to remove those temptations to sin far from him. This is an important step, because repentance involves more than just emotion; repentance is practical.
Charles Spurgeon writes, “It is not enough to regret the desecration of the heart’s temple, we must scourge out the buyers and sellers and overturn the money changers’ tables.”
Practical action must be taken to demonstrate our repentance from sin. When the Ninevites heard Jonah’s message of coming destruction, they fasted and covered themselves with sackcloth to demonstrate their repentance. We must do the same. We must not simply apologize for our sin but cast all temptation away from us so that we will not give into that sin again.
When we are truly repentant, then we can be confident, as David was, that the Lord will hear our prayer. Notice, however, that this is not conditional: David doesn’t say that the Lord will hear his prayer, but that the Lord has heard his prayer. God heard David in his weeping; God heard David in his praying; and God saw David in his repentance. God was working in his life the whole time.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, the Lord will always be with you. The Holy Spirit will be living inside of you as long as you are alive on this earth. And when you die, you will immediately be in the presence of the Lord. God will never leave you, nor forsake you. No matter how dark things look, He will always be by your side.
But sometimes it looks like God is distant from us. Usually these are times when we have given in to sin. Only after David repented was he reassured of God’s presence. If you feel like God is absent today, then spend some time repenting over your sin.
Only after we have repented of our sin and restored our relationship with our Father can we look back and see how He never truly left us in the first place. Only then can we have the confidence of David that our enemies will not prevail, for God is always with us. He has heard our prayer.
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