By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let
thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord,
shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness
with thee, that thou mayest be feared” (Psalm 130:1-4).
David anguished over the scandal he had caused in Israel. His sin had been
exposed, and the whole world knew about it. His grief over the shame he had
caused was so overwhelming, he begged God, “Make me not the reproach of the
foolish” (Psalm 39:8).
I know a number of Christians who are just like David. They are lovers of
Jesus, yet they have sinned horribly against the light they have been given.
They have heard many righteous sermons, read the Bible daily for years, spent
countless hours in prayer. Yet they have sinned against all of God’s
blessings. How? Because they have a besetting sin they have never dealt with!
Over time, their sin has shut off their communion with Jesus and now the Holy
Spirit has fingered their habit, holding it up before them. He is warning them,
“No more—this sin must go! I won’t wink at the way you keep indulging it.
From now on, you’re under a deadline. I’ve exposed your sin to you but soon
it may be exposed to the world!”
Whenever they enter God’s house now, they cannot even lift their heads. And
they cry as David did, “My sins are too numerous to count! My iniquity has so
taken hold of me, I can’t even lift my face to heaven!”
They have lost all the joy, cheer and freedom they once enjoyed. They are not
able to pray or sing with any life or power. And they carry around a great
sense of failure. They have become weak, soul-sick, bowed down, ready to faint.
And they know it is all because their sin has cut off their communion with God!
Does this describe your soul’s condition at the moment? If so, thank God for
His mercy. He is implanting in you a holy fear of the Lord!
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