Daily Devotional – Hidden Sins of the Heart

By on August 21, 2019
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Psalm 69: 1-15. You’ve heard to old adage, “Time heals old wounds.” Well, that may be true in some cases but, for the most part, we have to take a proactive stance in our own personal healing and not leave it up to chance.

1 Save me, O God,
    for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
    where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
    the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
    looking for my God.
Those who hate me without reason
    outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
    those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
    what I did not steal.

You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.

Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.
For I endure scorn for your sake,
    and shame covers my face.
I am a foreigner to my own family,
    a stranger to my own mother’s children;
for zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
    I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,
    people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
    and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But I pray to you, Lord,
    in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
    answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
    do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
    or the depths swallow me up
    or the pit close its mouth over me.

Sometimes, we need more than time; we need to address our wounds head-on and deal honestly with the reasons they are still with us. One morning I had prayed and asked God to heal the hidden sins of my heart; this was a sincere prayer and one I had not asked of before. I had enough going on in my life at that time to just deal with the issues of the day. However, God had another plan. 
 
I was in my kitchen mid-morning and a very painful thought came to mind of an incident of the past. A little later, I had thought of another very painful comment that was made by a family member years before. It just popped into my head. Then, the third memory of a very deep hurt I had experienced in my marriage came to mind. I cried out, “God, what is going on here?” I had not felt so bad in years. He spoke to my heart and said, “Robin, You asked Me for this.” Sobbing before the Lord, my knees hit the floor. I begged God to forgive me for the issues I had held on to and so carefully covered up. 

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please expose to me, the hidden sins of my own heart. Help me to walk free of all those offenses I have so carefully covered up. Help me to uproot those wicked and ungodly thoughts and feelings and release those I have been angry or bitter towards. Cleanse me today Father, from all the things I have chosen to hold against others and I confess these things as sin.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

EncouragementRobin Bertram is an author, speaker, ordained minister, and the executive producer and former host of the nationally and internationally syndicated television show, Freedom Today. She has been a leader of media leaders for 15 years and has placed several Christian programs onto the national and international stage. She is the author of No Regrets how loving deeply and living passionately can impact your legacy forever (Charisma House Publishing) and Hidden Treasures(Abingdon Press).

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Daily Devotional – Hidden Sins of the Heart