Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Truth Prompts Repentance

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”

Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!

“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 2 Samuel 7:11-19, 22 (NIV)

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8 (NIV)

Holy and Heavenly Father, I fall at your feet in humility.
There is no one like you, Lord God, for you are worthy.
You alone are righteous, you alone are holy, you alone can save.

You fashioned heaven and earth by your Word. 
You formed man in your own image by your own words.
We your people praise you, Creator and Sovereign Lord.
I exalt and adore you, Almighty King. 

I stand before you in dirty rags, my filth surrounds me,
I live in a messy world filled with disgrace and wickedness.

Forgive me, Lord, for my many failings.
Forgive us, your Church and your Bride, for not standing on your truth
Because Jesus, you are TRUTH.

The essence of life hangs not on my truth, my neighbor’s truth, my best friend’s truth, 
Or even the government’s truth. 
The world’s truth is relative, creating confusion and chaos.
It began in an ancient garden when a serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say….”

Satan’s calculated controversy with the God of the universe
Planted doubts in the minds of the Maker’s cherished creation. 

A war of words ensued, extending to modern times. 

And still the truth is—you, O Lord, you alone are truth. 
Your truth is absolute, unquestionable, infallible.
Your orderly foundation filled the world with peace and calm, lawfulness and discipline.
The whole of creation was good.
You created boundaries and barriers for our good, you ordered our steps.

But we would not follow, choosing not to obey.

Humans reflected on a seed of doubt,
Confusion sprouted.
Rebellion blossomed.
Disobedience thrives daily.

Yet a God-fearing life relies on truth, 
Your truth protects and saves us.
All Your commands preserve us. 
Your holy standards in us glorify you. 

You are the Creator, I am only the creature. 
You make the clouds, I make a cloudy murky mess. 
You are Sovereign, I am limited. 

Why do I follow Satan’s example to rise against You,
To throw away your loving laws? 
Why don’t I choose your ways? 
Why can’t I relinquish control over my life and live in Your dominion,
Surrendering to your wisdom and will. 
Oh how I fail you and me! 
If only I could trust and obey you.  

Forgive me, Heavenly Father.
Forgive us, your children.
Come quickly, Mighty Warrior, and deliver us.

Flood the world with grace and mercy. 
Thank you for your loving salvation. 
May we open our hearts to receive you, Jesus!

“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 (NIV)

“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 1 Chronicles 17:20 (NIV)

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (NKJV) 

No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Jeremiah 10:6 (NIV)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)

Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Revelation 15:4 (NIV)


  1. It is clear that there is nothing or no one more Awesome than our God. You have made it abundantly clear that He is in a category all by Himself. His glory alone can thunder and shake everything. Thank you for a concise depiction of our Daddy. Oh my, I am so happy to be His kid! Good job. I love reading everything you write.

    1. Johnnie, you sure know how to encourage a sister! Thanks so much!