We have all been in a situation where we have repented from sin. Think back to a moment when you ran to God and confessed your sin with hopes of never falling into those temptations ever again. What was the outcome of that moment? How did the following days and weeks unfold? Often times we end up not taking any steps after that moment and we fall right back into the same rut.
This Psalm of David is a really cool description of what to do after that moment. David fell deep into the rut of sin and lost his way. Then he had a moment where he was completely broken before God and he truly repented. He confessed and turned back to the Lord. But as we know that is not where it stops. If we stop there, we fall into the cycle of repeating the same process time and time again.
So in this Psalm David talks about the temptations of the world, and the things that drive us back to those sinful temptations. He lists everything from people in the world that are evil and planning to do harm, to our own hearts that steer us away from God. It is very easy to get hung up on all the negative, but David makes a strong point to emphasize that the Lord will deliver us, preserve us, guard us, give us mercy, steer us away from wicked desires, and so much more. As we turn from sin we must remember that God is there to guide us and take us in the direction we must go. He will bring justice to the wicked because He is truly king.
When we remember that it isn’t just about turning from sin but that it is about turning to God, things will be much more likely to go well.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate