To have a good journey, travel light - 26 September 2018

Ewald Schmidt

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song. Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.” Psalm 65:1-4 (NIV)

We are exploring our lives as a pilgrimage. Psalm 65 is not one of the recognised songs of ascent in the Psalms, but it contains some truths that are helpful in our discovery of the journey of life as a pilgrimage.

When you depart on a pilgrimage, it is so important to pack lightly. If you have to carry your luggage by yourself, then every gram counts a lot, especially when the days are long and tiring. This song of David describes people on a journey, who reach their destination at the temple - sounds like a song of ascent to me! On this journey there is baggage that keeps heaping up, which eventually brings our journey to a grinding halt. David calls this baggage our transgressions. We see the same image in Hebrews 12:1 where our lives are described as a race. In this race we get entangled by sin, and it makes it more difficult to reach our finish line. Sin has the ability to wreak havoc on our relationships. We were created to live in relation to God, and to our fellow man. Sin, or transgression, is keeping us from good relationships.

When on a pilgrimage you become aware that your load is too heavy, you learn to dispose of excess baggage without hesitation. It is such a relief when your backpack weighs a lot less! How do we translate that to the journey of life? When we become aware of transgressions entangling us, stealing our joy in life, we need to run to the Lord with it. When we confess our sin, God will free us from it. He loves to forgive us, and to set us free. It is his will that we are free, and that we will have the boldness to approach him for his blessings in our lives. He loves to shower us with good things, David sings. In our relationship with God we are called to freedom, and we are blessed when we live in God’s courts.

Prayer: Lord, you have come to set us free. But through our own transgressions we get entangled in the snares of sin. Please help me to get rid of all the excess baggage in my life, lighten my load, that I can walk the path of life with joy. Thank you for your mercy, truly setting me free to follow you! Amen.

 

Om goed te reis, moet ons lig reis - 26 September 2018

Ewald Schmidt

Vir die koorleier. ‘n Psalm van Dawid. ‘n Lied. Aan U, o God, kom ‘n lofsang toe in Sion: geloftes moet betaal word aan U wat die gebed verhoor. Na U toe sal alle mense kom om hulle skuld te bely. Ons sondes het ons ingehaal, maar U maak ons daarvan vry. Dit gaan goed met die mens vir wie U uitkies en laat nader kom om in u tempel te bly. Laat ons die goeie dinge in u huis in oorvloed geniet, die goeie dinge in u heilige woning.” Psalm 65:1-5

Ons gesels hierdie maand oor ons lewe as ‘n pelgrimsreis. Psalm 65 is nie ‘n amptelike pelgrimslied nie. In hierdie Psalm is groot waarhede opgeteken wat ‘n pelgrim goed ken.

Wanneer ons op ‘n pelgrimstog vertrek, dan is dit so belangrik om lig te reis. As jy jou hele vrag bagasie self dra, dan tel elke gram wat jy minder hoef te dra sommer baie as die dag lank raak. Dawid se lied sing ook van mense wat op reis is, en uiteindelik in God se woning tuiskom. Op die lewensreis is daar bagasie wat neig om op te hoop, en ons uiteindelik tot stilstand te bring. Dawid noem dit die sonde wat ons inhaal. In Hebreërs 12:1 word die lewe as ‘n wedloop voorgestel, ook ‘n lewensreis. Daar word die sonde genoem as dit wat ons verstrik, dit wat ons verhinder om ons lewenswedloop suksesvol te voltooi. Sonde in ons lewe het die vermoë om belangrike verhoudings te vernietig. Ons is juis gemaak as verhoudingsmense, om in verhouding met God en ons naaste te lewe. Sonde is om daardie doel in ons lewe te mis.

Op ‘n pelgrimsreis, wanneer jy agterkom dat jy onnodig swaar dra aan goeters, leer jy om dit vinnig weg te gooi. Daar is so ‘n groot verligting as jou rugsak baie ligter word! Hoe maak ons met die onnodige bagasie waarvan ons bewus word op ons lewensreis? Dawid sê: Kom na die Here toe daarmee. Bely dit voor Hom! Gee dit met opregte berou vir die Here in gebed. En aanvaar sy vergifnis. Dawid sê: die Here maak ons vry van die sonde wat ons ingehaal het. Dan is daar sommer weer nuwe vreugde in ons verhouding met Hom, en kan ons met vrymoedigheid sy seën beleef, die “goeie dinge in u huis in oorvloed geniet …”

Sonde en die nagevolge daarvan kom verstrik ons op ons lewenspad. Ware berou en skuldbelydenis kom maak ons vry. Ons kan ons onnodige bagasie enige tyd by die Here kom los. Dan word die reis soveel lekkerder in die vryheid wat God gee!

Gebed: Here, u begeerte is om my waarlik vry te maak van alle onnodige bagasie wat ek saamsleep. Wys die dinge in my lewe vir my wat U nie eer nie. Help my om los te maak van al daardie dinge wat die verhouding met U en met my naaste skade aandoen. U begeer om my vry te maak, sodat ek uit die oorvloed van u seën kan lewe. Dankie vir u genade, Here! Dankie dat genade altyd groter as sonde is! Amen.

 

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