Psalm 66:17-20 NIV 2011
I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
The Psalter begins and ends this Psalm with praise to God. The author gave God’s people a model for prayer. Praise and petition are key elements. Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Building a relationship with God begins with prayer. Psalm 18:6, “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” God hears the prayers of believers who’ve confessed their sin.
Martin Luther’s words are timeless: “Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.” Getting rid of what stands between the Master and me happens when I confess my sins and choose to turn from it. God hears me after I confess.
Where are your sins lying?
Resting in Jesus daily,