Tuesday: 29th January, 2019
Reference text: Psalm 40
Psalms 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
Eye contact can communicate a number of things: confidence, or genuine interest and concern. The absence of it therefore, sends an alternative message across: disinterest, guilt or timidity.
The words of the Psalmist today sound very similar to that of the Tax collector who stood in the temple to pray: ‘he wouldn’t even raise his eyes up to heaven’ (Luke 18:13). This account rendered in the Psalm offers an idea of the degree of wrong deeds the writer thought he had amassed in his store, so many that they exceeded the number of hairs on his head.
Beloved, such can be the extent of the burden we also carry in our hearts: that like that tax collector, instead of seeing the beauty of God’s glory encountered with each visit into his presence, guilt causes the focus to be shifted to hiding our face from him. That is what sin does – it pushes us further away, making us afraid even to seek the face of our God.
Sweetheart, you may think yourself unworthy because your sins number as much as the hairs on your head, but what about the God to whom you are so precious that he has counted those hairs on your head? His reason is not to remember your sins, but to cherish you in love. My dear, God wants you to be able to look upon his face hence, He has put all things in place so that when you stand before Him, you can confidently look up.