Repentance Should Grow from Relationship
In high school I was taught that God’s Word was the means and motivation for fighting sin. The text that was often cited, and which I memorized, was Psalm 119:9, 11. Those two verses are some potent medicine for a sin sick soul.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
Pretty straightforward. Keeping and treasuring God’s word is the cure and prevention for sin. But I think the way I memorized these two verses (vv. 9 and 11, without 10), caused a wrong accent to be struck in my sanctification. Notice the end of verse 11… “That I might not sin against You.”
Sin is a personal affront to God. It is my cosmic rebellion against my Creator. But this offense is not mitigated simply by the cessation of sin. Here is where verse 10 is so important. The psalmist writes:
With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
There it is. God’s Word is a means for seeking and knowing God. Personally.
When coming to God’s Word, it is so important for me to remember that it is the revelation of God Himself to me that is the priority. The avoidance of and repentance from sin is the result of seeking God with all my heart.
Repentance should grow from relationship.
This perspective makes me eager to meet God in His Word in my devotional exercises. It makes turning from sin make much more sense.
I’m praying that I can say to God with sincerity, “With all my heart I have sought You.”