Our sins have been blotted out. The cross has wiped them completely out of God’s book. But until we die, we still have the old man of sin, and we also have the motions of sin in our flesh. Therefore, we so quickly go back to the sins from which we turned. We fall again into sin.
The history of Israel reveals this so clearly. They turned to idolatry, and God sent them into the captivity in Babylon. There they repented, and God returned them to the promised land. It did not take long before they were back in idolatry. That is why the psalmist in Psalm 126:4, after speaking of the great things God did for them by re-turning them to Palestine, now prays, “Turn again the cap-tivity, 0 Lord, as the streams in the south. ” Our versifica-tion states it this way:
Again refresh us Lord With Thy reviving love,
And be Thy blessings poured In mercy from above;
By grace revive our hearts again,
As streams refreshed by copious rain.
Did you notice that word “again”? It is used twice. And truly time and again we need to have hearts that are revived. We do, by God’s grace, become sorry for our sins; but as Paul writes in Romans 7:19-24, “For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil that I would not, that do I…. 0 wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
So it is, day after day. We must flee daily to God and ask Him to turn our captivity, our bondage in sin and in Satan’s clutches, and to turn us back to obedience and works of love to Him.
If we do not see this need, then it is even more evident that we have returned to the bondage of sin. Then the riverbed of service to God is dry, and we need the copious rain of God’s grace and mercy to refresh us. If we do see this we will earnestly pray for the putting down of the old man of sin and the reviving of the new man in Christ. Do that. By all means do that today!
Read: Romans 7
Psalter versification: 358:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.