Posted by: arieliondotcom | July 26, 2013

The Sin Cycle (Psalm 7)

The Sin Cycle (Psalm 7)

If you are like me you wake up in trouble and ask “how did I get here?” But the truth is a lot of our trouble is of our own making. It is the result of a cycle of sin.

The reason David wrote Psalm 7 is unclear. But what is clear is that David describes two cycles of sin, with two very different results.

The description says Psalm 7 was inspired by words from Cush the Benjaminite. So some guy named Cush from the tribe of Benjamin said something to David, right? But no such person is mentioned in the Bible in David’s lifetime. The only hint we have is that Cush means Black. It’s used interchangably with Ethiopian, a person or the country of Ethiopia.

Whoever inspired it, David is struggling with guilt over this person. They seem to have accused him and or betrayed him. And that set David on the cycle of sin. But this is the good cycle because it is the cycle of recovery from sin.

When David senses sin, or is accused of it, he follows a pattern you and I should follow whenever we sense or are accused of sin.

Step 1: Seek refuge in God. At the first sign of guilt, from self or others, David runs immediately to God in prayer and so should we.

Step 2: David confesses that he may have sinned, intentionally or unintentionally. And if he has, he acknowledges that God is right to judge him for his sin.

We sometimes have the opinion that if we don’t realize we sinned it doesn’t count. But that’s not true. Everywhere in the Bible it says that even if we sin unintentionally we are still guilty of it. Just the way people die from accidental poisoning every day, unintentional sin
is just as deadly to our souls. There were even special sacrifices just for this occasion. We will see when we read the book of Job that he regularly made sacrifices just in case his children had sinned unintentionally.

Also like Job, David welcomes GOD as Judge. David is anxious to pay the price for his sin, if there is any. But in this case he feels innocent. And so David asks GOD to search his heart and mind and cleanse him of any wrong.

We should do the same. being careful to do as David did and specifically name anything we may have done wrong and the possibility that what we’re accused of is true.

Step 3. David accepts the ruling of God the Judge. If he had been guilty David would have been willing to be disciplined by God for his sin. But as it is, GOD reassures David that the accusations of Cush are false and he comes away clean.

We too must be willing to accept the judgment of God for our sin. We may need to go through a period of discipline. Or we may be reassured of forgiveness. But either way we should pray until we have peace with God. And in peace we can walk on in His Strength even through tough times.

And so we have David’s example of the healthy cycle of sin. Guilt drives us to God as our Shelter from it. We confess anything we are guilty or accused of to GOD, being as specific as possible. We confess we may be guilty even of what we do not realize we did and that we deserve judgment. And we accept the judgment of God in peace and a renewed life of forgiveness.

But David describes another cycle of sin in this Psalm. This cycle of sin is to death. This is the cycle of the person who does not repent of sin.

First the sin is conceived within the person. Just like pregnancy we may not know immediately. It may be unintentional. But it is just as real.

The evil that impregnated the heart of the sinner grows into wickedness, discomfort, a pregnancy of pain, misery and worry. The sinner plots mischief to get the deed done. And finally the evil is born into action, lies, deception and wrongdoing.

David uses another analogy of digging a hole. This is intentional sin. It’s the trouble we bring on ourselves when wishing harm on someone else. David compares it to digging a hole and falling into the hole ourselves, having the dirt fall back on our own heads, burying us alive. The result of sinning against others is that we suffer more harm, in this world or the next, than they do. And God has judgment and painful punishment for us.

But why Cush? Why bring the color of the person into it? Of course it may be just a person by the name who made an accusation against David. But it could be much more. This Psalm could be an opportunity for us to examine ourselves. How do we treat those of another race? How do we treat those of another culture?

Let’s ask ourselves the questions David asked himself before God. Have we treated other races wrongly without cause? Have we attacked them just because of who they are? Do we assume they are all alike? Do we assume they are better or worse than normal, flawed human individuals as we each are? Perhaps David can teach us in Psalm 7 to go to GOD and confess when we treat anyone different from ourselves differently then we should, knowingly or unknowingly.

David ends the psalm in praise to God for His Righteousness. And we today. can praise GOD even more loudly than David. We live in days prophesied by Jeremiah where we can say “the LORD is our righteousness.” JESUS Christ is Our Righteousness. Our ruined reputation is replaced by His sinless reputation. When guilt or accusations by another person or the devil himself attack us we can run to Jesus who saved us. We can see that He died on the cross to accept the judgment for our sin. All of our sin, intentional or unintentional, can be confessed to Him and covered by Him. And we can accept the new Life He gives through His resurrection not only now but forever. We have been loved enough to be loved to Life and forgiveness by Jesus Christ. Every time we confess our realization or accusation of sin to Him we can feel the fresh flow of that forgiveness. There may still be discipline but we can walk through it not only in peace but in joy with JESUS. Then, with David, we can praise JESUS, our Righteousness, forever.

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