Text: “O God, Thou knowest (knows, and continues to know) my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from Thee.”
Good morning, sin-repentant Christian! By the Sovereign grace of a truly loving and gracious Lord God Almighty, you and I have, first, been Spiritually enlightened reference mankind’s vile sin and disobedience to our Creator Lord God; and God’s infinite detestation of all sin.
“And the Lord God commanded the man (Adam), saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Spiritual death).” (Genesis 2:16-17)
Secondly: You and I have been clearly convinced by God the Spirit of our personal sin, and Christ’s perfect and Holy righteousness in contrast.
“And when He (God the Spirit) is come, He will reprove the world of sin (our sin), and of righteousness (Christ’s righteousness), and of judgement (Eternal judgement)” (John 16:8)
We have been Spiritually quickened by the Lord God to be absolutely certain of the fearful judgement that is, in the Lord’s decreed timing, to come upon all who are unredeemed, all who have been ‘passed over’ in God the Father’s election of souls; all who want nothing to do with Christ or Christianity, and indeed, who cannot even ‘receive the things of God, for they are Spiritually discerned'.
“But the natural man (the unregenerate) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him/her: neither can he/she know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
God decides whom He will Spiritually quicken (make alive, Spiritually), and whom He will ‘pass over’, or refuse to Spiritually quicken. The Lord God is God, and an Almighty Lord God does exactly what He desires to do, otherwise He would not be a Supreme Being Lord God.
“Therefore, hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth (makes stubborn, hardens their hearts, passes over for Salvation).” (Romans 9:18)
Salvation from our sins through Christ’s full Atonement on Calvary’s Cross, is only made available to those whom God the Father has predestined to ‘elect’ in Eternity to give to His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Who saves us in time, and keeps us for Eternity. “Salvation is of the Lord!” (Jonah 2:9)
“And YOU (His elected souls) hath He quickened (made Spiritually aware and alive), who were DEAD in trespasses and sins…Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:1-5)
Without a doubt, it is God’s grace alone, on the full merits of His only dear Son, Jesus Christ alone, that causes God to quicken us, make even aware that we are lost, and that we are sinners against His Holiness.
If He does not quicken us, grant us His gifts of repentance from sin, and FAITH, His Divine gift, to believe the Gospel of Christ, and Him Crucified for sinners – who would ever even realise that we needed to be saved at all?
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works (good deeds), lest any man/woman should boast. For (a conclusion) we are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Verse 5. “O God, Thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from Thee. David might well say this, but not David’s Lord; unless it be understood as an appeal to God as to His freedom from the folly which men imputed to Him when they said He was mad. That which was foolishness to men was superlative wisdom before God. How often might we use these words in their natural sense, and if we were not such fools as to be blind to our own folly, this confession would be frequently on our lips.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 299)
Verse 5. “…My sins are not hid from Thee. Yet it seems to be the intention of the Spirit, while He gives us personal TYPES and so shows the likeness to the Firstborn which exists in the heirs of Salvation, to set forth also the disparities between the best of the sons of men and the Son of God, for there are verses here (in Psalm 69) which we dare not apply to our Lord; we almost shudder when we see our brethren attempting to do so, as for instance verse 5.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 298)
Christ Jesus had no sin, and therefore, verse 5 of Psalm 69 cannot be attributed to Him speaking, but only to the Psalmist David, and you and I as natural born sinners.
“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, YET WITHOUT SIN. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 15-16)
With this new look at Calvary, and Christ bearing our sins upon the Cross, refreshed in our minds; the cause of Christ’s Crucifixion becomes more clear to our too often dull Christian minds: IT WAS OUR VILE SIN THAT CAUSED CHRIST’S CRUCIFIXION!
“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us (His chosen people), Who knew no sin (Jesus Christ); that we (Hell-deserving sinners) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“Therefore (a conclusion to the sin question) IF any man/woman be in Christ (born again), he/she is a new creature: old things are passed (or gradually passing) away; behold (look, and fully understand), all things are become new (or are gradually becoming new). And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (the Gospel); to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Hallelujah! Glory…
Thought: We are sin-repentant Christians whenever we fully and completely turn from our sins to fully follow the Lord Jesus Christ – and from that time forth, determine to detest our sins, and turn from them continually ever after. We still sin. But we confess that sin and turn from it, as the Holy Spirit of God empowers us to do so. Our sin was the cause of Christ’s cruel Crucifixion. Glory to His Name!