“For you are my rock and my fortress; you lead and guide me for your name’s sake. You will free me from the net that is secretly set for me, for you are my refuge.”

Psalm 31:3-4 (CSB) 

Dearest Reader,

I came across Psalm 31:3-4 a few mornings ago, spending time in the commentary, pondering the nets that catch me. David is pleading for protection from his enemies; the traps set out to snare him. This particular passage of Scripture became personal to me.

I am my own worst enemy. The nets that ensnare me are not from others, but those I have created.

I can hear the words of Andrew Peterson’s song, The Sower’s Seed:

“Oh God I am furrowed like the field, torn open like the dirt, and I know that to be healed I must be broken first.”

Healing means I must name the things that quickly ensnare me, dragging me under the weight of sin. The sin that will break me if left unchecked.

  • Approval seeking
  • Perfectionism
  • Control
  • Fear
  • Pride
  • Greed
  • Comparison
  • A number on the scales
  • Idolatry
  • Gossip
  • Discontentment

Do any of these look familiar?

We come to His Word for nourishment, Living Water, guidance, and wisdom. We also come to the Word that our sin may be exposed. It is easier to take only the good and leave the bad, but that is not the way of God. Sin, unchecked, will kill and destroy lives, separating us from God. That is a hard truth. As Christians, we sell the good stuff, cover up the hard conversations. We get uncomfortable at the mention of sin and the consequences that come with it.

“For my gaze takes in all their ways. They are not concealed from me, and their iniquity is not hidden from my sight.” Jeremiah 16:17 (CSB)

“For I know your crimes are many and your sins innumerable.” Amos 5:12a (CSB)

“If we say, ‘We have no sin,’ we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 (CSB)

Turning over the soil of my soul, spade in hand, I realize digging deeper would reveal more. I am cozy with many of the sins I was prompted to list. Too comfortable. Some are fought in the minute to minute, day to day of my life, while others lurk near the edges.

Deceiving ourselves is easy. Covering up, hiding our sin will get more complicated. When we bring our sin into the light, He is faithful and just to forgive us.

“Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret. Everything exposed by the light is made visible.” Ephesians 5:11-13 (CSB)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 (CSB) 

Carrying unconfessed sin traps and ensnares us in Satan’s net. Life is hard enough, do we want to add weight to already heavy bags? I do not.

I carry enough living day to day with a chronic illness.

What’s the answer? How do we deal with the things that so easily ensnare us? How do we gain freedom?

  • Shining Light on our sin
  • Confession
  • Repentance
  • Change
  • Taking captive every thought, deed, and action to the Word of God

When we do, the net releases us from the tangle of sin. We find freedom and healing begins. We can let the transgression go as God forgives.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12 (CSB)

“For you are my rock and my fortress; you lead and guide me for your name’s sake. You will free me from the net that is secretly set for me, for you are my refuge.”

Psalm 31:3-4 (CSB) 

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