Words from the Heart for Monday June 7th, 2021
Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1 (NLT)
After spending 27 years behind bars, more time than any other exonerated Canadian, Ivan Henry was acquitted of multiple rape counts in 2010. Henry was convicted in 1983 of raping eight Vancouver women and maintained his innocence for three decades. Following his conviction, he filed 56 appeals and finally won the chance to reopen his case in 2009 after evidence of his innocence had mounted. A serial killer, who had killed 25 other women, was guilty of the crimes for which Henry was wrongly convicted.
Not everyone in life breaks human laws. It is possible to never get a speeding, or even a parking ticket. It is rare, but it is possible. We can get through life with a perfectly clear record when it comes to man’s laws. It is not, however, possible to get through life without breaking one of God’s laws, and the implications are much more serious. The Bible is clear that every one of us has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Everyone. Before God we are all guilty. So, what does David mean when he writes this in Psalm 4:1: “Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” How is it possible for God to declare any of us innocent? It is only possible because of what Jesus did on the Cross. On Calvary He carried all of your sin and my sin, and the sin of every other human being, and when He cried “it is finished” all that was necessary for you to be proclaimed innocent was accomplished. As David did, ask the Lord to declare you innocent.
These have been words from the heart.