THE UGLINESS OF SIN
Today’s passage is very straight forward in that the horrific images displayed of the siege of Jerusalem from foreign invaders has led to a place where the ugliness of sin is on full display. What you are reading in today’s passage can be described as hell on earth as the people of God are experiencing the outcome of their consistent choice to live apart from God and indulge in sin. Our choices are like seeds that get planted in the soil. There are times where the seeds we will plant will have immediate growth and outcomes whereas other times they will take time before you see the fruit of your choices. A lot of times, when we choose to sin, we plant seeds that will not bear fruit till later and we fall into this false sense of security that we are ok because we didn’t experience any punishment or backlash from our poor choices. We may not have experienced immediately the outcome of poor choices or sin but like a seed that is in the ground, you can’t see it with your eyes what is growing underground until finally one day it will sprout forth for all to see and effect everyone around you.
We are getting towards the end of Lamentations and the climax of the book is being reached as we see a gross picture of the destruction caused by sin. Lamentations is a dark book but serve as a warning that we cannot allow ourselves any excuse when it comes to sin. The grace of God that the Israelites ignored consistently does not have to be our story. We read this to remind ourselves that if we too have been ignoring the voice of God to turn away and embrace His goodness before the seed of sin can bear fruit that this will be our fate as well! How can we uproot what has been planted? We uproot the seeds of sin through repentance. When we repent, turn away, or change our minds about sin and realize that God is better than sin is the moment we begin to uproot and stop the process of sin growing in our lives.
As it is still today, use the tool of repentance to uproot the seed of sin that we have planted in our lives so that we can experience true goodness that comes with God’s presence.
Todays format will be different in that there will be no NOTES ON THE TEXT but a passage to meditate upon in the midst of our billionth snow storm (if you’re in the northeastern area of Amurrica)
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.