Scripture in the Morning #132
Let’s delve deeper into our prayer starter even more this morning…
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.
Note that the Lord’s grace at work within the Psalmist moved the Psalmist to realize that he needed washing and cleansing from his sin and that he realized that such washing and cleansing comes from God’s grace and mercy and God’s grace and mercy alone.
Also note that God restrained the sin in the Psalmist that would have otherwise led to the Psalmist to make promises before God. I think we can all relate to the temptation to say things like this in prayer… “Lord, if you forgive me of this – if you remove from me the experience of suffering from my sin in this situation – well, I promise to do this (or that) or I promise not to do this (or that).”
We all do it, do we not? We cut deals with God that we have no right to do and no ability to actually bring to fruition. Again, God restrained such a sinful attitude in the Psalmist in the context of this prayer.
So… for this morning, may the Lord give us each a renewed recognition of these realities: that a) we are responsible for our own sin, that b) we need cleansing from our sin, that c) we cannot cleanse ourselves and need His grace to cleanse us, and that d) we should never cut deals with God.
Have a wonderful day and may the Lord bless you in your prayer life this day.