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Build up the walls of Jerusalem
Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:18, Romans 8:38-39
I tend to dwell on things long after they’ve happened. If I know I’ve messed up, I pray, “God, please have the Spirit work in spite of me.” Whether it’s something I said or how I acted, one of the enemy’s greatest tools in my life is guilt.
There are times in everyone’s journey when you feel like you have failed the Lord. Knowing full well that you have been forgiven, you may still wonder if his grace covers this particular instance. “God, I am so sorry. Please forgive me.” While your heart may already ache with repentance, your mind still dwells on the mistake, worrying about the impact it could have.
In this Psalm, we see the same in David. We have already examined his cries for forgiveness. Have mercy on me. Cleanse me. Create in me a pure heart!
But as we look at verse 18, David is crying out for his city. I imagine David on his knees, weeping, “God, please restore my city which I have failed. Rebuild what I have torn down.”
Are there ever times when you doubt yourself? Or when you feel like you are surrounded by mistakes? Enmeshed in Guilt? Take heart, my dear sister. You are not alone.
David prayed that God would rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and prosper Zion in spite of his sin. He worried that his sin would bring judgment upon others. And like David, I have often wondered the same thing. But friends, guilt doesn’t come from God.
We are covered by his grace. And I know for a fact that his Spirit does indeed intercede for us when we feel like we are failing. God’s kingdom will reign whether we have fallen or not. And it is our mistakes that keep us on our knees. If we were perfect on our own, we wouldn’t need a savior.
If you are struggling as David was in this Psalm, I pray that you will join him and countless other sinners on their knees and cry out for forgiveness. But I also pray that you will receive the peace that transcends understanding. Don’t let the enemy swallow you whole in guilt.
I leave you with the words of Paul. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
You are loved, forgiven and free. Rest in that truth today.