"If you're only known 95%, you can only receive 95% of the love."
Megan Marshman's message, All the Guilt, on January 11/12 unpacked Psalm 51 by taking a deep look into the circumstances that led David to pen the famous psalm.
David conquered Goliath with one small stone. He was a man after God's own heart, chosen by God to lead the Israelites. His faith was revered and yet, he found himself in an unimaginable pit of sin.
While his men were at war, David spotted the beauty of a woman from his rooftop, then used his position and power to pursue her. His moment of weakness led to an unraveling—pregnancy, cover up, and murder—a breakdown that unveiled God's love as deeper than his fall.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
— Psalm 51:1–2
So what do you do when you find yourself faced with your own failure? Do you run? Hide? Cover it up?
"There are only two types of people in the world. Those who need grace, and Jesus," says Megan. "God's compassion is greater than our guilt. God's ability to wash is greater than our ability to stain."
God sees and knows you completely, and when you bring the fullness of your failures, regret, and sin to God, He will reveal His unfailing love and compassion to you in the face of your failure.
"The accuser only has power if there's something to accuse you of," continues Megan. "If he says, 'You're a liar.' You say, 'Yes, saved by grace.' If he says, 'You should be ashamed,' You say, 'I am loved.' If he says, 'You are a failure,' You say, 'In Christ I am made perfect."
When you bring your weaknesses into community, confessing to others, they can affirm God's truth in your life and walk with you on a path where shame has no place.
Recover provides a place for confession, truth, and transformation at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Willow. It is a place for everyone, because we all have areas in our lives to work on, whether it's people pleasing, lying, drugs and alcohol, numbing, codependency—you name it. At Recover, you can share 100% of who you are and be set free from the things that hold you back. Learn more about Recover here.
We also have pastors available to listen and pray with you every Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Simply call 847-765-5000 and ask to speak with a response pastor.