“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.’” Psalm 51:1.
In the same spirit of humility he directed in his will that the following inscription and nothing more should be cut on his gravestone:--
WILLIAM CAREY D D BORN: 17 AUGUST 1761
DIED: 9 June 1834
"A wretched, poor, and helpless worm
On Thy kind arms I fall."
From C.H. Spurgeon
Notice that William Carey, as did David, based his plea on certain qualities of God rather than on his own goodness or even need. He pleaded for mercy based on God’s willingness to take away the offense. There is no record that Missionary Carey had the same sin problem as David, but then sin in whatever form is an affront, an offense against God. God, unlike many of His people, is more than anxious to freely extend forgiveness.
For many years I have used Psalm 51 to encourage myself in the Lord, and to help others who are suffering undue remorse for past sins, some in the long ago. When remorse takes a hold on your mind and heart it can contribute to suicide, as many read about a week or so ago, when Paula Cooper took her life. The past, brutal sin, overwhelmed her. Any normal person has something they are or should be ashamed of. Yet, you cannot live on that street very much, and God doesn’t expect you to. Here’s one reason why:
Remorse is rooted in two Latin words, again and bite, simply meaning reliving things in your mind with feeling, “bites you again.” God wipes the slate clean and so should we. A member of Paula’s family stated, “Paula, suffered unrelenting remorse.” The long ago brutal act bit her again and again. It will do the same to you.
Take the time to read through and muse on the truth of Psalm 51 and enter into the depth of God totally dealing David’s heartache over his betrayal, adultery and murder of his trusted officer, and understand that David, according to Nathan was totally forgiven, but the consequence was to be harsh due to David’s high rank in Israel. Often Chastening is not given to bring you around, but to act as a warning to others. Read more at 2 Samuel 12:1-14.
In these loose times, it is well for Christians to give pause and rethink actions. We can be forgiven, but often the consequences are harsh, and for good reason.
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