the Spirit brought me this passage for preaching, I tried to
look for the pregnant point in the text and the pregnant point
that I found in the text was this little four letter word, “and
my sin is ever before me.” Now, here it is.
He says, ‘Have mercy upon me, Oh God, according to thy loving
kindness, according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies.
Blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from mine iniquities,
and cleanse me from my sin.' He acknowledges that he did it,
but he almost aborts the divine grant by saying, "and my
sin is ever before me."
it had not been for the Lord on my side, tell me where would
sin is ever before me? Why does he
write ‘ever'? And to me, if it wasn't supposed
to be there, the Holy Ghost has had enough time to take ‘ever'
out by now. So if ‘ever' is still there, there's
a reason for ‘ever's' being there. And I wanted
to know, since it was preaching time, why is ‘ever'
it be that David is asking for what he wants, but doesn't have
the faith that God is going to give it? And the Spirit said, "No,
that's not why David wrote that." The reason that's not
why is because David has a good memory. And
when you've got a good memory, you usually have great faith. And
David remembers that through many dangerous toils and snares,
that he's already come. Grace brought him safe thus far and Grace
is going to lead him on. David remembers the lion, he remembers
the bear, he remembers Saul's spear, he remembers the valley
and the shadow of death, he remembers all that God has already
brought him through and he knows that God is faithful to answer
when you call.
if God is faithful to answer when we call, why does David still
write ‘ever'? Could it be that God said, "No"? And
the Spirit said, "No, God did not say no." God told David
to wait. And David said, "I waited patiently for the
Lord. And He inclined unto me and heard my cry. He brought
also out of a horrible pit and out of the mire and clay, set
my feet upon a rock and established my going. He put a new
song in my mouth and even praise unto our God."
said, "They that wait on the lord shall renew their
strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles. They shall
not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."And somebody
wrote one day, "Lord, teach us how to wait."
David is just waiting.
still want to know, though, if God is going to answer, and if
David has good faith, then why does he still write ‘ever'?
And I realized that God and David's relationship was personal. David
was a man after God's own heart. You ever really pay attention
to the personal pronoun, the possessive pronoun in Psalm 23?
Listen to it and share it with me. I got enough black-folk here
to participate in a little give-and-take with me:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside the still waters,
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name's
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil, and my cup
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
ain't that personal?
is saying, "I've
been forgiven, but I have not forgotten that my status is: Forgiven.
Nor have I forgotten that for which I was forgiven."
"...Grace is for everybody...but mercy is for those of us on the
inside of grace who still mess up..."
that's good news to me.
Johnny Ray Youngblood