EMPTY YOUR BOOTS!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”
                                                                                                                 – Robert W. Service
 
Psalm 32 grain of sand
What does that mean?
Humans are odd creatures. They can endure some of the most incredible hardships with hardly a peep, but will get all upset over something tiny by comparison. To me, that’s what this quote is about. Hiking up a mountain, it is no big deal.
 
However, the grain of sand in your shoe, that’s what is going to wear you out. If you’ve ever been walking and gotten some sand or a tiny pebble in your shoe, you know what he means. It will drive you to distraction in a very short time, right?
 
It sounds like David had a few pebbles in his sandals from time to time as he walked with God.
 
Psalm 32, The Message
A David Psalm
 
Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
you get a fresh start,
your slate’s wiped clean.
 
2 Count yourself lucky—
God holds nothing against you
and you’re holding nothing back from him.
 
3 When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
 
4 The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
 
5 Then I let it all out;
I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”
 
Suddenly the pressure was gone—
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.
 
Psalm 32 hike6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we’ll be on high ground, untouched.
 
7 God’s my island hideaway,
keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
 
8 Let me give you some good advice;
I’m looking you in the eye
and giving it to you straight:
 
9 “Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule
that needs bit and bridle
to stay on track.”
 
10 God-defiers are always in trouble;
God-affirmers find themselves loved
every time they turn around.
 
11 Celebrate God.
Sing together—everyone!
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!
 
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
Psalm 32 confess
Most of our behaviors we call “little sins” are the sand pebbles in our shoe as we climb the mountain of life to God. We allow ourselves to accept more and more until our boots are full. At some point, pressure on the soles of our feet becomes too much to take. Sin also hurts the souls of our being. The sand builds into pebbles of disagreeable spirits, sarcasm which leads to hurting others because we hurt. We must empty our boots of all that is keeping us from God’s holy life. By the way, sin is sin to God. All must be confessed. We must pour out everything to God so we can start over with clean boots, ready to walk in His way for His glory.
 
HEART CHECK:
 
Psalm 32 bones“When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
 
The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
 
Then I let it all out;
I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”
 
How long has it been since you emptied yourself before God?
Is it time to empty your boots of all that distracts you from God and His purposes?
 
When sin is confessed, do we celebrate as David does?
Do we give God credit for the peace and internal joy that comes from emptying our boots of all that distracts us from Him?
 
Our attitudes become richer and more attractive to others when we live grateful, redeemed lives daily. As the Newsboys sing, “Make ’em wonder what you’ve got…” When we live a life that praises God often our smiles give it away. Knowing our sins are gone brings a smile and a lift to our steps.
 
Psalm 32 sins goneThank you God for wiping the slate clean of all sin and giving us a fresh start. “Sing together–EVERYONE!”
 
“RAISE THE ROOF” of praise to the One and Only God!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
We let all the little things, hurts, sins of this life add up and distract us from the bigger picture of life with You! We confess all, empty all, from the inside out to You. We repent of allowing the small stuff to lead to big hurts. We empty ourselves of us so that we can be filled with Your Holy Spirit. Continue to transform us by leading and guiding us through the valleys and then up the mountain to You. May we remember to stop along the way to empty our boots!
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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