“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit (PSalm 32:1,2).”
Roger Miller was a popular singer and composer of funny little dittys. I remember listening to his songs as a kid. They included hits like “Dang Me”, “King of the Road” and “England Swings”.
One song of his that came to mind this morning was ‘You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”. Miller’s theme was that there are a lof of impossibilities out there, but “you can be happy if you’ve a mind to”.
Not only did Miller write that “you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd”, but he also included the following funny, beyond difficult actions in his lyric:
“You can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage”;
“You can’t change film with a kid on your back”;
“You can’t drive around with a tiger in your car”;
Miracles do occur, but these deeds are really not possible. Oh, maybe you could drive with a tiger in your car, but the results would be horrific.
I’m sure Pharoah was pretty skeptical when Moses and Aaron performed amazing feats in front of him. They turned a stick into a snake. They also changed the Nile River into blood. However, Pharoah’s magicians were able to bring off the same acts, and Pharoah, who was already indisposed to not believe in miracles, walked away in disgust (Exodus 7:8-24).
I think Christians are like Pharoah in one respect: we really don’t believe our sin can be dealt with. We go on with the same bad habits year after year, and just think it is impossible to stop sinning. We think it would take a miracle, but these things are not part of our thinking in western culture.
Thus, we live on in misery, wanting to follow the Lord fully, but thinking we’re not capable of it. Yet, God indeed has provided us with a process to get where we don’t think we can go. He tells us to confess our sins to Him. When we do, the misery goes away (Psalm 32:3-5).
But confession is only one step in the process. The next action we need to take is to listen to the Lord -constantly. The Psalmist wrote,” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8).”
When we do this, our mind is set on the things of God, where He is going and His choices for us.. We’re too preoccuppied with His stuffs to think about sinning.
Confession and listening to God. Those are the keys to handling our sin.
Roger Miller wrote that you could be happy if you’ve a mind to. God says that, too. As Miller wrote,
“All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it.”