Well, these have been an interesting two weeks. My first time ever to serve on a grand jury. Jurists are not allowed to divulge any details of the cases heard, so all I will say is that they were eye-openers. I was brought face to face with the reality of sin and its ugly consequences. Yep, the underbelly of society was bared.
But it taught me one very important thing: there, but for the grace of God, go I. I am not better than those whose cases we heard, just because I have not participated in the sinful activities that led them to the place they are in life. I have my own sins to ask forgiveness from God for. There is no way, especially after these last two weeks, that ANYONE will convince me that mankind is basically good. And as I am a part of mankind, that includes me.
This morning I was reading from Psalms 51, 52, and 53. These verses, to me, totally describe the state of man (myself included), and our need of the LORD.
Psalm 51:10–12: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. (
Psalm 53:1-6: To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them. Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
(My computer is finally fixed, thank the LORD, and thanks to my tech-savvy son.)