Set free

ATD 76The Word

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.” Psalm 32:1-7

 Thought

Located in the trees some 30 feet from our home sits a small self-contained 8X10 foot room. We call it the Nook, and its purpose is to provide a quiet place to rest, read, and pray. One morning I noticed a small bird called a Nuthatch had squeezed through an unclosed door and was desperately attempting to escape. It would fly from end to end and side to side, but found no escape. When I approached to see if I could free it, the bird became more frantic to escape slamming into the windows, but of course to no avail. I stood still, the bird tired and was breathing rapidly, but ceased to fly as it had exhausted its energy.

I then approached slowly, slipped into the door, and gently cupped my hands over the small and fatigued bird now perched on a ledge. There was little struggle to escape my grasp, and once outside, I released the bird which flew quickly to a limb of an Oak tree and stayed perched for several minutes before flying off into the woods behind our home.

Without Christ we are hopelessly trapped with attempts to escape being of no avail. The freedom of God’s mercy and grace awaits to offer us His freedom of forgiveness. When we realize our dilemma and surrender to His salvation and will, we become a soul set free.

Prayer

Like the bird, I was hopelessly trapped in my sin with no possible way of escape on my own. When I confessed my sin and my helplessness to change my situation by my own efforts, You came and rescued me, covered me with grace, and delivered me. All glory to God my help, my hope, my deliverer and sustainer. Surrounding me are the songs of victory. Amen.