“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!”
Ran across this in a devotion today and the need became so much more real. Staying humble and hungry to walk with the Lord in this life is a daily challenge. Pride, selfish ambitions, pleasures, so much stuff can pop up in our lives to keep us from waking and talking with Him throughout the day. As the NEED continues to be brought up, whether through our own failings or tough circumstances, those are the moments where His unfailing love seems bigger than ever. The beauty of it is His unfailing love is always there. No matter what we do or don’t, He continues to love us and teach us through every moment. I pray we all can recognize the need for the Lord in our lives and live humbly coming to Him in all situations so ourselves and the many needs around us in this world can experience the unfailing love and help that comes only from the Lord. As we fail so often, it blows my mind to think we serve a God whose love never fails. Embrace the need, experience His always constant, ridiciously wild and awesome love for you!