Monday, July 16, 2012

The Morning After: A Passion for Purity (Psalm 101)

I have spent the last several weeks preaching through different Psalms. Yesterday, I was in Psalm 101, which has always been one of my favorites. It is a Psalm of David, where he expresses to the Lord a great concern for the purity of the nation of Israel. Not many people talk about holiness anymore, but the topic should be quick off the tongue of the believer. It should concern us greatly. I think what David does here is to give a 3-Step Guide To Purity.

1. Get Passionate About God (vs. 1)
David begins by saying that he is going to praise God. God consumed his thoughts. He was consumed with the love of God and the justice of God. Two sides of the same coin. We completely lose the real meaning of God's love when we get rid of His justice.

There is about zero chance of you pursuing holiness and purity in your life if you are not passionate about God. It is a heart-felt love and passion for Him that moves us to obey Him in our life. It is in treasuring Christ where we find a real desire to be pure before Him. So, how passionate are you about God? How passionate are you today? Did you go to church yesterday with a heartfelt desire for Him, not the things about Him, but Him? This is the first step in your sanctification.

2. Get Passionate About Your Sin (vs. 2-4)
Once we are passionate about pursuing God, we are going to be passionate about dealing with our sin. When we get a glimpse of God, it reveals to us in what ways our lives fail to match His standards. When we deal with our sin, it always begins with the heart. That is why David began by saying "I will walk with integrity of heart within my house." God cares that we have a soft heart and not a hard heart. This is the second step in the process of our holiness.

3. Get Passionate About Corporate Sins (vs. 5-8)
It is always easier to run the race of holiness with others. Once David dealt with his sin, he was moved to help others deal with their sin as well. Confronting someones sin is one of the hardest things to do in this world. But if it is done right, with the right motives, it can be one of the most loving things anyone can ever do. The point of confrontation is to gently point someone back to Jesus, to restore them to Christ.

David mentions several sins that he had to deal with because they were community sins that destroy. He had to deal with the sins of slander, pride, lying, and wickedness. But in the middle of that, he says that he is going to find comfort with those that are faithful and blameless (vs. 6). That is not those who are perfect, for nobody is perfect. But it is those who are teachable, who are receptive to the things of God. One thing is for certain: one of the most contagious things in this world is to be around someone who is passionate for Christ. Running with people like that is a very powerful weapon for the cause of Christ. There is power in unity. That is one thing that the good old Charles Schultz taught us in this great Peanuts comic.

I hope you desire purity in your life. Don't try to run alone. Find someone to help you in the race. If you want to listen to this sermon, you can find it HERE (usually posted by Tuesday afternoon).

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