Scripture in the Morning #131
Let’s delve deeper into yesterday’s prayer starter…
Psalm 51:1-3 …Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Notice the grace of God in the life of the Psalmist as he prayed? The Lord restrained the Psalmists’ sin in that setting and did not allow the Psalmist to think that God should forgive him because he deserved to be forgiven. Note that God moved the Psalmist to seek after mercy – instilling in him as he prayed the grace to see his guilt and seek forgiveness not based on his own perceived merit but on the basis of God’s abundant mercy. God was so gracious as to move the Psalmist to realize that he had no real standing before God and so he did not demand anything from God (as we so often do) and God gave him the grace to realize that he had no merit whatsoever to draw from. He sought after mercy and mercy alone and appealed to God’s grace and kindness.
This is the kind of grace we should prayerfully seek after for ourselves and our loved ones.
May the Lord move us to not only recognize our own sin and take credit for it (or, more pointedly, take the blame for it) – but may He also move us to realize that we can claim no rights before His Holy Majesty. May He move us to recognize that all we can appeal to is His mercy.
My friends, have a wonderful day and may the Lord move each of us to appreciate His mercy and to in no way presume that He owes us forgiveness. In this, may we appreciate His grace all the more. May your day be most blessed.