Fresh Wind In My Sails is day four of a series of reflections by students for students to inspire them about our unique call to disciple the nations.
September 16, 2021
“Have mercy on me, O God,” David cried out.
“Scrub away my guilt, and soak out my sins in your laundry.”
His hands were crimson red, stained by the blood of his prey
His heart was disfigured by his crime
And he was caught red-handed
Surely, there’s no escaping God’s judgment—
But David was shown mercy
And though his heart was severely disfigured,
He was given a new heart
A new identity—
“Man after God’s own heart.”
Just like David, our hands were soaked in blood and our hearts were marred by guilt. But the blood of Jesus—the perfect Lamb of God—had washed away our guilt and shame. His sacrifice has made us white as snow and restored us to himself.
But this new life means more than just the mark of a new beginning.
God has put a fresh wind in our sails—
New wings to soar on greater heights
The storms that raged within us now lie beneath us.
New wind to take us to places we’ve never been in
To places we never thought we’d be
To behold new things from a higher perspective—
so much higher than our dreams for ourselves
As David cried out for mercy, he pleaded for one more thing:
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
As we receive God’s mercy, we become a channel of mercy to the lost and the broken. As we behold Jesus on the cross, we hear the labored drumming of his heartbeat—
For the lost
For the oppressed
For the abandoned and neglected
For the sick
For sinners like you and me
But how can the lost find their way home, unless somebody comes to find them?
How can they call on Him, unless they believe?
How can they believe if they have never heard about Him?
How can they hear unless somebody tells them?
As you go and tell others, remember that you are not alone. Jesus promised to be with us always—to the very end of this age.
“I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Let the new wind in your sails take you to where God is calling you today.
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