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Nudgings #17 - The First and Last Word


โ€œ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’“ ๐’…๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“: ๐‘จ ๐’‘๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’Ž ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’…, ๐’“๐’†๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’‰๐’†๐’• ๐’„๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’… ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’…๐’–๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’ƒ๐’‚.โ€

The above superscription is found at the outset of Psalm 51. It doesnโ€™t even merit a verse number, but it sure packs a punch. Itโ€™s the โ€œback storyโ€ for Davidโ€™s prayer recorded in the psalm. Anyone who has read the whole story in 2 Samuel 12 knows that this pithy introduction to Psalm 51 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Davidโ€™s offensesโ€”teeming with lust, adultery, deception, manipulation and murder.

However, as I point the finger at David, I canโ€™t help but notice three more fingers pointing back at me. I donโ€™t know about you, but an honest superscription of my life, although different from Davidโ€™s, would be just as tarnished. The Apostle Paul sums it up well, โ€œAll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.โ€ (Rom. 3:23)

Sin may have the first word in this psalm of David, but sin didnโ€™t have the last word in Davidโ€™s storyโ€”and sin doesnโ€™t have the final word in my life either.
Jesus does.
He paid the price for my sins upon the cross and God doesnโ€™t want a blood sacrifice from me. But He does want somethingโ€”my heart.

Take a look at Davidโ€™s words near the end of Psalm 51:

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’„๐’“๐’Š๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’…๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’ ๐’”๐’‘๐’Š๐’“๐’Š๐’•.
๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’‹๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•, ๐‘ถ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’…. (vs. 17, NLT)

(Wow, now that merits a verse number!!)

Give God your heart. Let Jesus be the first and last word in your life.


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