Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Father, sometimes I am offended when someone doesn’t appreciate my efforts. I’m not able to shake it off and move on. I hold it and nurture it with feelings and thoughts. I reflect on it, night and day, thinking of all manner of responses I could have made that would have “put them in their place”. I don’t like this feeling I have. I try to let it go—to move on and leave it behind—but it returns, and returns, and returns.
Father, how can I bind this strongman in my house? What can I use as cord that he cannot snap? What knot do I tie that he is unable to loosen? Is there a lock on my door that he cannot pick? Or, am I leaving the “Welcome” mat out and my door wide open?
Father, I paused for a few minutes. It was only a few minutes, and the strongman returned in a fury, scoffing at my weakness. I am so weak! Please forgive me?
Thank you, Father for your guidance. You have always been so good to me! You are my Rock, my Fortress, and my Refuge in times of trouble! I will sing songs of victory!
I bind the strongman with a cord Forgiveness and tie it with the knot of Love. My welcome mat reads, “Only Truth Enters Here”. I sweep my house clean with confession and the Holy Spirit renews my thoughts and attitudes. I am filled with the Spirit and think only on these things: what is true, what is honorable, what is right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable—thoughts that are excellent and worthy of praise. The air is filled around me with songs of victory. I praise you, my Shepherd, for the goodness and guidance you give to me! I sing songs of praise, honor, and glory to my God, who answers my prayers, daily!
In Jesus name I pray…