Micah 7:7-10 - Micah Repents of his sin
There was a sermon that was preached a decade ago by a well known minister to 7,000 Christian counselors. This sixty-three year old minister began to speak to them about his own bouts with sin, personal weakness’ and temptations.
If I were to read to you the transcript of the message that he had given to these Christian counselor’s it would reveal that this minister sought to bare his soul to that audience by saying things like:
- I am a sinner!
- I am a man who must crucify the love of praise every day.
- I am a man who is prone to freeze up emotionally when I am tired. And then I feel instinctively justified in blaming someone else.
- I am a man who loves to praise God in the great assembly; and yet, feels a great restraint upon my spirit when I am in my own living room.
- I am a man who never feels sure of his motives, including the ones I feel right now about why I am doing this?
After all of this, we would read these words by the minister, “This is a serious talk!”
It would be hard to pick up on the nuances of this sermon if you were just looking at a transcript. But as this sixty-three year old minister stood behind the podium and spoke of his sins the people were laughing after each of his confessions. For example, when he said, “I am a sinner!” the crowd of 7,000 people laughed.
After the preacher confessed, “I am a man who must crucify the love of praise every day.” The crowd again laughed even louder.
When he admitted, “I am a man who is prone to freeze up emotionally when I am tired. And that he feels instinctively justified in blaming someone else.” This crowd erupted in applause.
When he said, “I am a man who loves to praise God in the great assembly; and yet, feels a great restraint upon my spirit when I am in my own living room.” they roared.
Finally, when he said, “I am a man who never feels sure of his motives, including the ones I feel right now about why I am doing this? They burst out again in an awkward laughter.
And this is why the preacher stopped and said, “This is a serious talk!” and later admitted that he was not used to being laughed at.
For whatever reason that this happened, one thing is clear: a people who can laugh at sin cannot in that moment understand God’s grace, mercy and steadfast love of God.
Because of this the minister then said, “I thought maybe the reason that I said what I said, was because I wanted you be to open to what I would say here today. And I thought that if I was open to you, you would be open to what I have to say. At a deeper level, which I hope is true, I listed those sins that are true; and though they make you laugh, they make me cry. And I mean that, so you got to stop laughing like that.
My other reason for telling you about the besetting sins in my life, is because I want you to know as I begin that I love grace. I love the grace of God. I desperately need the grace of God every day of my life. So I am not talking hypothetically about the grace of God.”
Micah is having a similar experience in our text today. Our text in Micah 7:7-10 states,
“But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I will rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication. Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, ‘Where is the LORD your God?’ My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like mire in the streets.”
You may recall that last week in Micah 7:1 the prop