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Do not cast me from your presence.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:11; Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 1:9
Did you know that nothing can separate us from the love of God? Not even our sin.
Before I go on, I will clarify that we can separate ourselves from God. If we are in the downward spiral of darkness, we make a choice to turn our backs on God. But that doesn’t make Him stop loving us. We choose to be separate but when we turn back towards Him, He is there waiting for us.
In today’s verse, David pleads with God not to cast him away. As someone who became a Christian later in life, sometimes I reap the consequences of the choices made before I fell in love with Jesus. Whether it’s a memory or a lie that Satan whispers in my ear, there are points when I have to remind myself that I am now a child of the Light. My back is no longer turned towards Christ. And King David is a reminder of that level of grace.
Even in the midst of sin, once David was confronted by Nathan, he realized he had turned away from God and turned back. His prayer here is asking God to not banish him from his presence but we know through our experience with Jesus that if we are seeking Him, He will not turn us away. (I’m so glad I was born post-New Testament, am I right?!)
First John 1:9 states “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” When we realize we are wrong in our sin and turn back to God in repentance, He is there to forgive all sin…even the ones our society would deem the worst (in David’s case, adultery and murder).
Father, thank you for your grace. We fall short in so many ways but you are still there to remind us of your love. I pray a prayer of protection against the lies that Satan tells us. We are always loved by you and nothing can separate us from that truth. Whatever we are struggling with today, God I pray that you would give us your peace so that we feel your love enveloping the strongholds around us. Send us reminders of your light and help us to see more clearily, the grace that is before us. In your mighty Son’s name, Amen.