Confessions and Denials: “I’m not OK. You’re not OK.”

David wrote:

“Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults” (Ps. 19:12; NASB, Updated).

Consider the following from John Calvin:

“We should remember that we are not guilty of one offence only, but are overwhelmed with an immense mass of impurities. The more diligently any one examines himself, the more readily will he acknowledge with David that if God should discover our secret faults, there would be found in us an abyss of sins so great as to have neither bottom nor shore, as we say; for no man can comprehend in how many ways he is guilty before God” (Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from Calvin in the Psalms, P&R Publishing, 1999, p. 65). 

Those words seem so out-of-place in such a self-affirming society as 21st century America.  We are repeatedly told by our culture to do whatever is necessary to feel good about ourselves.  Why?  “Because we are all basicallly good.”  That particular assertion was denied by John Calvin and all the Refomers.  It continues to be contradicted by all who believe the declarations of the Bible.  We are not basically good; we’re basically bad!  We are sinners.  Space would prohibit me from listing all the passages in God’s Word which boldly make this important observation (some include: Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:10-18, 23; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3).  A couple nights ago I overheard my wife discussing the topic of repentance with my daughter and her friend.  That necessary ingredient in the doctrine of salvation is sadly not stressed in many presentations of the gospel.  Somehow “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” and “Ask Jesus into your heart” have often replaced the straight-forward discussion that what sinners desperately need is a Savior! David seemed to grasp that he had an “immense mass of impurities.” This explains why he utilized the term Redeemer at the end of Psalm 19.  He was aware that he needed to be redeemed; he needed to be saved.  We all need to come to that realization.  We’re all sinners.  We all need a Savior.  And–thankfully–the Savior has come!

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4,5; NASB, Updated).

I’m not OK.  You’re not OK.  Jesus is perfect for our “abyss of sins”!  Seek redemption, rescue, salvation from Him alone!


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