Oct 25th, 2021
War: The Battle for Peace
By: Chapman Bean
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Psalm 130:3 “Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?” (NLT)

Our verse today will forever be a verse that provides me immense comfort and hope. I was in my third year at Campbellsville University getting a degree in pastoral ministry when I was tasked with preparing two messages that would essentially determine my grade for the course (sounds simple, right?). The first teaching had to come from the book of Psalms, so I sifted through some of my favorite passages and struggled to find the one that I would teach. I finally landed in Psalm 130, and I felt great about it… at first.

As I began writing my message, I couldn’t help but feel more than inadequate to do the task that was assigned to me. I know myself, and I knew how unworthy I was to open God’s Word and teach from it. I’ve always struggled with thoughts and feelings of inadequacy. It’s been something that I’ve wrestled with since I was a little bitty fella walking into kindergarten not sure if I would fit in. If I can be completely honest, when I’m at my worst, I can even tend to shut my wife out and put on a facade that I’m not struggling.

However, as I was preparing to teach this passage, I read Psalm 130:3. Then, I read it again. And again. I’m sitting in the library around midnight with a mound of books open trying to study and understand all of the intricate details, and in that moment, I become completely overwhelmed by the grace of God. Tears begin running down my face onto the pages of my Bible. In that moment, I’m not worthy to teach His Word because I’m worthy on my own; I’m worthy because of what Jesus has done for me. I’m not worthy of new and abundant life each day, but that’s what Jesus invites all of us into.

Jesus has wiped the slate completely clean—for you and for me. He makes us worthy because He loves us. His unconditional and unfailing love never ceases to amaze me.

Read Psalm 130 and spend a moment in prayer. Ask God to help you live in freedom this week knowing that the slate has been wiped clean.

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