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As promised, here is your next step in finding/acquiring your long, lost song.


It is not my intention to do a full study on the book of Psalms, but there are more than a few points to ponder in this book.  


Someone once told me that David could have been classified as bipolar by our modern day doctors.  If you have ever read through Psalms, you have probably noticed that he was "up" one verse/chapter and "down" the next.  One mintue he's flipping out and afraid because he has been abandoned or betrayed or he's fought by someone.  He could throw himself into a full-on pity party faster than most toddlers!  "Oh Lord, why have you left me?  Where did you go?  Why did you leave me with these troubles? Oh poor me!"  Of course, that is the "Tiffany Version" of it. 


But wait!  How could this toddler-like, bipolar man who doubted God and sinned against Him also be called "a man after God's own heart?"  Simple.  He did two very important, very impactful things.


First - he repented.  Regularly.  Now - I will not debate the "once saved always saved" doctrine.  That's between you and God.  (If you all want to dicuss it - more power to you. :)   )   But I like to be on the safe side and take my cue (partially) from David.  Anytime he stumbled - whether he doubted God or committed a major sin - he repented.  He didn't just flippantly say "Oh I'm sorry" and go on with life.  Oh no!  His heart was broken before God and he felt genuinely sorrowful for disappointing his Maker.  Repentance was an intentional, groveling, "I am but a worm"-type of repentance.  Very serious. 


Folks - many people have taken the seriousness out of repentance.  We must always remember, true repentance means a change in behavior.  Otherwise - by definition - it wasn't true repentance.  Think of it like this, if I came into your home, became part of your family, became trusted and trusted you in return, then broke your antique, 6-generation family heirloom - would a simple "Oops. I'm sorry.  Oh well" cut it for you?  Probably not. 


We enter into this world - created by God.  We are HIS handiwork.  He provides for us, forgives us, protects us, loves us.  He extends unending mercies to us anew every day.  Then - we trample all over it like yesterday's dead bug in the driveway (yeah - I'm from the South).  Why in the world would a simple "Oops - so sorry" be enough? 


Our next discussion will be about David's second impactful action.  But until then, I would like to ask you to do something with me - yes - with me.  I will be doing this, too.  First read into Psalms.  I won't give a certain number of verses or chapters because I believe some will get what they need in a few verses but some will want or need to delve deeper to get what they need/want.  And then... 


When you begin to doubt God - make yourself stop and repent for it.  When you begin to doubt that you have purpose - stop and repent.  When you start your pity party - stop and repent.  For every little sin - stop and repent.  And every time you repent, remember, true repentance means change.  So - stop doubting and choose to believe - even if logic tells you otherwise.  Stop sinning and find something to replace it.  While you're doing this remember, God's grace is amazing and not understandable - but always more than enough. 


As we do this, I would like for you to post what happens.  Does it become easier to stop as the week goes on?  Do the doubting thoughts become less or more?  Does your attitude change?  Anything.  I look forward to your posts.

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I seems very true how David speaks throughout Psalms. I too find my self stoping and feeling convicted, soemtimes by something I forgot in the past, but feel the need to repent and ask for forgiveness and express how I NOW feel aobut the event.


In one hand I can have fear, resentments, anger, selfishness, and pride. All of these thigs David expresses throughout Psalms, some more than others.  But as I cast those away (confession/ rebuke/ repent), I am redeemed with Isiah 57:15 "I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repent hearts."


It is no wonder we can feel the same as David expressed, for we too are made in likenees to God. Just as whitetm expressed, repentance is taken too light. How did David repent? How often?

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I seems very true how David speaks throughout Psalms. I too find my self stoping and feeling convicted, soemtimes by something I forgot in the past, but feel the need to repent and ask for forgiveness and express how I NOW feel aobut the event.


In one hand I can have fear, resentments, anger, selfishness, and pride. All of these thigs David expresses throughout Psalms, some more than others.  But as I cast those away (confession/ rebuke/ repent), I am redeemed with Isiah 57:15 "I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repent hearts."


It is no wonder we can feel the same as David expressed, for we too are made in likenees to God. Just as whitetm expressed, repentance is taken too light. How did David repent? How often?



Thank you for that verse.  I love that!  It is another of God's promises to His children that we should hide in our hearts for just such a time as when we lose our song. 


As for how often he repented, it is hard to tell.  Since all of the book of Psalms is not written by David and because we don't have a timeline, it is nearly impossible to know.  But what we can know is that he repented often - quite often.  And that is one reason I believe he was so close to God.  He didn't let anything come between them for any length of time.

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To complement David, Psalms, and to show God's glory with this subject; Psalm32:3-5


"When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of disclipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to my self, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord". And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone!


 

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Does it seem questionable that a man from God's own heart is seen as bipolar by our scientists? Hmmm...

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Does it seem questionable that a man from God's own heart is seen as bipolar by our scientists? Hmmm...



Good point.  But in all honesty - he does have a lot of ups and downs.  When I think about it, He probably had as many ups and downs as we would if we went through the stuff he did.  And the entire book of Psalms is constant ups and downs (and not entirely all David's).  So what are the chances that when God designed His Word, Psalms was there to remind us that even God's closest people go through ups and downs?  Maybe to remind us that, by following David's example, we can be men and women after God's heart - even if we lose our song once in a while.  It gives me hope just to think it.