Psalm 31:9-10 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity…
King David is crying out to God. He admits he is in trouble – he recognizes the cause, it’s not his enemies, it’s not anyone close to him, it was his own doing – his own iniquity.
With the benefit of the Bible, we have the ability ‘to glance’ over the lives of great men and women in an instance and capture their greatest moments – but with David, we are also given extra insight into this vulnerable, open and child-like soul. We see his depressed and fallen moments. We will all have these days.
But David has this remarkable ability to push through depression, darkness, and condemnation – and seek God. It doesn’t matter what has happened – trouble; set-backs; unanswered prayer; delays; whatever it was, it never drove David toward a place of self-pity or anger where he walked away from God. No, he always ran toward Him.
As we ‘turn our minds toward God’ (the definition of repentance), our soul is lifted, we are encouraged and renewed in our faith and hope. Look where David ends up after that dark place in verse 9 and 10:
- Vs 14 “But for you, I will trust the Lord…”
- Vs 19 “How great is your goodness…”
- Vs 21 “Blessed be the Lord…”
- Vs 23 “Love the Lord all you His saints…”
- Vs 24 “Be of good courage…”
David recognized he had sinned and was suffering the consequence, but he knew the God of mercy, forgiveness, and redemption.
Paul casts insight into the complexity of our sinful and redeemed nature.
He says in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” He explains that the sinful nature within us, 'the flesh', does not want to submit itself to the ways of God – and it is this nature that causes us to fall.
But then he says in vs 25 “In my MIND I am a slave to God’s law but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin and death. He goes on to say in Romans 8:1-2 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
Paul reveals the KEY to overcoming condemnation is the MIND and what you are setting your mind upon… don’t remain in self-pity when you fall allowing a “sin consciousness” to become rooted within you. Go to Christ and be reminded of what He purchased for you upon the cross. He is your righteousness. He took your sin. This is being “righteous conscious.”
Repentance is the starting point, and a righteousness consciousness is the daily process that enables us to become like Christ. Understanding who you are in Christ is the power to overcome condemnation in your life!