The Way Back

Backsliders are silenced. Their testimonies are squelched. They feel unworthy to talk about the Lord to others. They ask, “Who am I?” Before they return to the Lord, their lives are barren — desert like. Hear David describe his feelings while in this condition: “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer” (Psalm 32:3,4).

But no one needs to dwell in that desert.

All backsliders are invited back to the open arms of Jesus.

Read David’s description of his return: “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). How blessed!

Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of confession as he returns to the Lord. Note that he not only expected forgiveness but also knew that his song would return, as well as his usefulness: “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee” (Psalm 51:13).

Are you far from God? It is time now for you to rid yourself of that heavy load you have been carrying. Confess your sins to Christ and claim His forgiveness. Commit your life to Him and get busy in His service. Return to your church and let others know what has happened in your life!

Returning, your tongue will again sing aloud of His righteousness and love.