Praying Our Guilt
by Tim Keller
If you are at times tempted to feel guilty or ashamed over past errors, or if your failures with your kids, friends or loved ones are continually in your face, this talk about Praying Your Guilt has some good points about overcoming our past, giving hope for the future. The bottom line reminds me of an old song of the Jesus Revolution, "I know the answers to all your problems boy, you gotta love the Lord Jesus more, more and more."
Some very good heart searching points about "what (who) is your real God, what do you really look to for your redemption, your works, your reputation or your Saviour?" It is liberating to grasp the immensity of God's unfailing love, a God who knows everything that is wrong with you, yet He values you so much to have died for you, as He loves you madly! This knowledge alone has the power to transform you!
Gospel in Life blurb about the podcast:
If you’re trying to evoke God’s blessing through the goodness of your record and your life, you are psychologically unable to admit dark, intense, turbulent feelings. You can’t admit who you are. You can’t look and see what’s really in your heart; not if the whole basis for your understanding of who you are is, “I’m good. I’m a good person. I have to get it all together. That’s the only way I know God will listen to me.”
We’re now looking at guilt and shame–having your heart broken under a sense of failure, liability, and general unworthiness. This particular psalm has eight verses in it, and yet, in these wonderful few verses, we actually see guilt and shame likened to a hole, to something we’ve sunk down in. We here have the sinkhole of guilt and shame, the rope that’s given to a person sinking in guilt and shame, and something about the climb out of the hole. The sinkhole is in verses 1–2, the rope is in verses 3–4 and 7–8, and the climb out is in verses 5–6.
This link will take you to Praying Your Guilt; the embedded link below will take you to a short list of Tim Keller's podcasts that you can scroll through and that includes Praying Your Guilt among others.
This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 12, 2000. Series "Psalms - The Songs of Jesus". Scripture: Psalm 130:1-8.