An Open Heart

March 19, 2017                                 

Psalm 51: 1-6

 King David found himself in a situation that bothered him because he had sinned and been disobedient to God. His sin was committing adultery with Bathsheba. The Prophet Nathan had confronted him and now his heart was broken because of his failure in life. What are we to do when things are not right between God and us? David cried out for mercy from God based upon God’s unfailing love and David’s great need for restoration and cleansing.

 1                    Trouble

What kind of difficulties are you facing today? David had made a mess of his life. David said, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, and you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. (Vs 3-4) God knows what is wrong in our lives before we ever acknowledge our sins to Him. What is troubling you today and what do you think God wants you to do about your troubles? I believe that too often we simply live in denial when it comes to dealing with our problems. It seems easy to push them aside until another day, and another day never seems to come.

What are you hiding from God?

Do secret sins weigh you down in life?

Is your God big enough to help you?

 2                    Transparency

 Are you debating whether or not to talk to God about a certain concern? Are your burdens weighing you down because you are afraid to give them over to Him? Do they seem unworthy of His attention or cause you shame? Do you think to yourself, I should be praising Him instead of wallowing in your misery and complaining? Transparency is absolutely necessary for growing closer to the Lord. Transparency means you have to open your heart to God and be honest with Him in every area of your life. The Scripture says, “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” (v6) David discovered in his heart that he could no longer hide from God. Are you totally honest with God? God already knows your heart and actions so what do you have to gain by not being open and honest with Him?

 Are there secret areas of your life that you think you are hiding from God?

Are you willing to do something about it today?

 3                    Trust

 Our Heavenly Father wants us to feel confident enough in His unfailing love to be completely honest before Him with whatever is in your heart. He is devoted to you and cares about what concerns you. You can always feel free to speak with Him honestly about the matters that weigh on your heart. When you trust Him, you can openly confess your sins, anxieties, desires, doubts, and frustrations. So trust Him today and share all the details that concern you with God, and allow Him to minister to the deepest part of your soul. David cried to the Lord, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (v10) He asked of God, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.” (Vs12-13) “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (v15) In His Holy presence be completely openhearted and remember He loves you no matter what!