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Oh God please help me!  I lie, I cheat, and I have strayed from the truth; the dogs are at my heels.

We all sin.  What is sin anyways?  It sounds like a dirty smudge or mark of disdain.  To God, sin is when we are purposely separated from Him.  One can easily see how that works in the way we choose to do what we desire, and then turn away from His face in order to do it.  Sometimes sin is knowing the loving and holy way to do something, but to push that aside as ‘not needed’ (yet it was).  Sin is accidental in what we miss by not doing.  Sin is intentional by what we do selfishly.  We get lost and smudged.  Where do we go when we feel the oppression of our sins and need shelter?  What do we get once we arrive?

God gives us a refuge and pardon.  Jesus’ blood is our refuge.

God is our grace, seek His refuge.

Take His shelter and counsel.  Let His blood wash each of us clean, setting us free and able to do His will.  God’s shelter is our meditation and change; bringing us to a new heart of love.

God is our refuge

Out of the depths I cry to You, LORD;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
LORD, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve You.

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in His Word I put my hope.
I wait for the LORD
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

All of the world, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with Him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem the world
from all our sins.

Psalm 130

NOTES: Liberty taken with the written Word, replacing Israel with ‘the world’ and changing their sins to ‘our sins’ in effort to bring it into our hearts.  Salvation is for everyone.  God saves and offers life to all, not just Israel. (Joshua 20 – Cities of Refuge, Psalm 130)

By Jeffery Plummer

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