Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Psalm 32:3 - (June 15-22)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Psalm 32:3. Here, David relates how he felt when he was trying to conceal or ignore his sin. We see in the following verses that he humbled himself and confessed his sin to the Lord and the Lord forgave him the guilt of his sin. We Believers often dislike the topic of sin in the Church. It can make us feel uncomfortable. Our first reaction when convicted of our sin is often to further conceal it, brush it aside, or try to make it go away. Any sin we commit makes us feel "inadequate" when conviction comes upon us, and no one likes that feeling, but the truth is that we ARE inadequate in ourselves, saved from our sinful flesh by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Trying to conceal our sin does not make it go away, because God sees everything - even the deepest, darkest corners of our hearts. Confessing our sin to God and acknowledging our inadequacy is a humbling process. He wants us to confess it to Him, for if you “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10). We cannot mature or grow in our relationship with Christ if we do not humble ourselves and confess to Him the sin in our lives.
May the Lord help us to face any sin in our lives. May His conviction by His Holy Spirit humble us to give to Him the sin we may even be afraid to acknowledge in our hearts. May we humble ourselves before our loving and merciful Lord, trusting Him in all things. Amen.
Our Memory Verse for this week is:
“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3 NASB).
Other verses to consider:
“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord'; And You forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:3-5).
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
“No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
“But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you” (1 Samuel 13:14).
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10).
“But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39).
“Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:28).
“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: 'He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us'? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, 'God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble'” (2James 4:4-6).