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Sermon – 1/11/04
Psalm 32:5 - Purge Your Database


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Purge Your Database

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5)

During a recent cleanup of the computer room, I leafed through a book called “201 Great Ideas For Your Small Business,” by Applegate, which contains a chapter called, “Purge Your Database Regularly.”  The author summed up that section with these words: “Doing this kind of purge is importantin order to run the business in a profitable manner.

And that’s a fact.  Clean, up-to-date record keeping is essential to any company.  The bottom line for business is profit, which can only be attained by those who are on the cutting edge of industry.  But Jesus asks a question about an infinitely greater profit for every one of us: “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:35).

Life is indeed just for a moment, and true profit is not found in this life at all, except in one area: When you receive the Lord Jesus Christ, He creates faith inside you (Hebrews 12:2) with real VALUE, lasting forever.  But in coming to Him, we need to clean up the clutter in our hearts (confess our sin).  We are outdated, outmoded, full of inaccurate information, and this holds us back from relying on Him.  That which prevents simple and honest trust in the Lord, is actually “sin” to Him.  The tendency of people everywhere, is to hide, pretending nothing is wrong.  But it’s time to be open to our God.

David had the right idea, when he came to the Lord and “acknowledged (his) sin to (God).”  He continued, “My iniquity I have not hidden” (Psalm 32:5).  In the same verse, we find that David specifically confessed his transgressions to the Lord, which is not unlike purging the database in your computer.  We just need to come before Him, reveal ourselves, and let Him in, so His “delete” key may finally remove all those hidden sins, deep inside.

Note the inevitable result of a confession (like David’s): “You FORGAVE the iniquity of my sin.”  Because we are sinners with a cluttered database, it is hard for us to see that God loves us and longs to forgive.  We often know that He is our Judge, but forget the other part, that He is very much our Savior.  He is not surprised when our sins are revealed, for He knows we are sinners, cluttered inside from the time of our creation.  And yet, He loves us and longs for us to know His fellowship, His joy.

This is so clear in the sending of His Son to this earth.  You might think that if God the Father sent His beloved Son to this planet, it would be for judgment on the world.  Like computers, He would completely erase our hard drive and start again.  But that’s not the way He is.  “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).  Those are Jesus’ very words, and they give us great hope in Him.

When we acknowledge the Lord and trust in His love, a process begins to occur deep inside, that is just like David’s experience.  We find that we actually WANT to “confess (our) transgressions to the Lord” (Psalm 32:5).  This is a process discovered by God’s people from the beginning of time.  John the Apostle, who walked with the Lord Jesus for many years, observed: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Purge your cluttered database by confessing to Him.  For those who somehow think they have no need to come clean, Scripture answers: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).  We’re all sinners and pretending that we’re not, worsens our condition.

He knows how we are, and He intends to set us free, which is why Jesus came and was crucified – So we’ll have a clean database, set free from our sin. In both Psalm 32 and the First Chapter of First John, we see that our troubles with other people, are often based in OUR failure to confess sin.  It’s easy to fault other people, but it’s much harder to openly admit that we are wrong.

We find the positive effect of “purging our database” (taking our sin to the Lord), in 1 John 1:7, where we read: “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  To be “in the light” is to have no hidden motives, no secret agenda in relation to the person you are with, or the circumstances you have encountered.  Your honesty obtained through the love of God in Christ, will bring a clean heart, and – fellowship with others.

David said, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalm 32:2).  John said, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6).  Many want to continue in darkness, pretending they have fellowship, secretly saying, “I like me the way I am, and I don’t want to change,” – But He has in mind something better for you.

If you remain closed, you will eventually become bitter inside.  As time goes on, we lose our youth, drive, intelligence, health, our passion for life – Inadequacies INCREASE as we grow older.  HIDING from ourselves and others will cause our bitterness to grow.  The Lord wants, DEMANDS that you will become open to Him, and to other people.  He intends that you will at last find JOY.

David said, “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be GLAD in the Lord and REJOICE, you righteous, and shout for JOY, all you upright in heart” (Psalm 32:10-11).  John wrote, “These things we write to you, that your JOY may be full” (1 John 1:4).  He’ll make you happy – If you’re willing.

Do you WANT to be happy? – Then TRUST in Jesus Christ; OPEN yourself to Him.  Let Him purge your database and your life will at last be profitable; for you – and the Lord.

Father, I confess my sins.  I come to You, Lord, that I may be forgiven and healed.  Let me walk in Your LIGHT in this world, so that others may see and want You, too.  Thank You, Lord.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries
Tel: (562) 688-5559
PO Box 92131
Long Beach, CA 90809-2131
"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)


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