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Let my folly not hinder

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 year ago | 5055 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Psalm 69 is another of David’s communications with the Lord.  David cries out to the Lord for deliverance from those who hate him and would like to destroy him.  He knows that the Lord is his refuge and can provide help.  He declares that the steadfast love of the Lord is good and that God shows abundant mercy.

Some of the psalm is applied to Christ in terms of zeal for His Father’s house and bearing reproach.  John speaks of that in his gospel.

But David is crying out in real concern for the affliction he is undergoing.  His troubles are many and he feels he has become a stranger even to his brothers.  But in his prayer, he offers confession of his own sins.

He prays, “O God, You know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from You.  Let not those who hope in You be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek You be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.”

David knows that he is guilty of sin and that God sees every transgression.  Some of his sins may not be deliberate, but he is aware of his folly and knows God sees that too.  He is confessing even foolishness.  It might make us wonder if we are even aware of our folly, not to mention willing disobedience.

But in the midst of his concern for himself, he appears to have a concern for others because of the influence of his life.  He does not want those who are looking to God to be shamed or dishonored because of his actions.  He would like to be an example to others, not a hindrance.

Paul felt the same way.  He told the Thessalonians he wanted to give them an example in himself to imitate.  He commands Titus to be a model of good works, showing integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

David’s prayer and Paul’s words are instructive for us.  If anything about us is offensive or obstructive for others, may it be only the gospel and not our foolishness.  Let our folly not hinder anyone in their seeking Christ or in their relationship to Him.


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Mary Leadbetter

Food for thought. Thanks, Dale.

Donna Dean


Larry Dean

Thanks, Dale

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