This past Lord’s Day I preached from Psalm 51 on the subject of confession. The message was based on Psalm 51:16, “The sacrifices of God are a broken heart, a broken and contrite spirit, O God, you will not despise.” My emphasis was how the Lord wants us to offer our broken hearts and sin to him as we worship, not as a precondition to worship.
Toward the end of the message, I was calling the congregation to look afresh at Christ’s work on the cross. I urged them to see his love and mercy for them, and seek the deep heart washing David yearns for in the psalm. At that moment I mentioned doing this with “besetting sins.”
Afterward, in the customary handshaking after the service, a wise, older gentleman greeted me. He then expressed respectfully to me a desire. He said he wished that I would have gone on to address the question as to what those with ongoing struggles with besetting sins should do. My message could have been interpreted that there is an easy fix to a deeply-rooted problem.
I have been meditating on that wish further, as it was a good question. How would I encourage the believer with a besetting sin? Since I […]