‘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
Every day I am dumbfounded that God has blessed me the way He has. That He has used me the way He has been and how I hope He will continue to. And I know that it has only been possible through the sacrifice of His Son and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am humbled that He CHOSE to die the death He did for me. ME! Who am I that He would do that? I’m not Mother Teresa or one of the well known saints or Billy Graham. I don’t have that kind of influence on His kingdom…I have so many darn issues! I wouldn’t even know where to start to list them out.
Regardless of what you or I have done, do or will do-Jesus died for every single one of those sins. There’s no list showing the sins that will or will not be forgiven. If you come to Him ALL your sins will be ‘washed away’.
The Psalm above is so beautiful, especially when you look at what the words within it really mean.
“Have mercy on me, O God…” it’s saying bend down-stoop in kindness to me, O God.
“According to Your unfailing love;” -for He is love-he shows mercy and kindness.
“According to Your great compassion..”-According to Your abundant tender mercies-the ‘tender mercies’ is even described as how a woman caresses her pregnant womb. How amazingly beautiful is that?! And God is doing that because of YOU and me! Of all people! Thank you Jesus!
“Blot out my transgressions…”-erase and make smooth my revolt-rebellion-sins.
“Wash away all my iniquity…”-This one is a little rough-but rightly so when we sin against Him (all sin is against Him). It is stating ‘stomp out well all my perversity-evil-mischief.’ That’s kind of the part we’d like to leave out, isn’t it? ‘God please forgive me for what I’ve done but…don’t let there be any consequences.’ Like it or not God is going to do what is best for us and sometimes it’s dealing with the consequences of our sins.
“and cleanse me from my sin.”-make me pure and unadultered-uncontaminated from my offenses (sometimes habitual sin) and it’s penalty.
THAT my friend is why Jesus came for you and me. He took on all of the eternal consequences of our wrong doings, our sins and our pride and selfishness. I was reminded last evening how people can sometimes compare sins. ‘Oh, their sin so much worse than mine is.’ Well, it only takes one sin-regardless of what that sin may be-to seperate us from the love of God.
I don’t know about you, but I sin on a daily basis. I wish I didn’t but that’s the reality. I continually struggle, whether it’s an action that I’ve done, something I’ve said or even a bad thought about someone. They are all sins in the eyes of God. I am so thankful to Jesus for the sacrifice that He made for you and me. He took all that pain and suffering so you and I, not only don’t have to live in eternity without Him, but so we can live our lives with joy due to His overwhelming Grace and Mercy.
I believed that I’ve mentioned before that I pray for God to give me the passion in my heart for what His desire is for my life. I continue to feel pulled to learn His Word more thoroughly, to share His Word with others and to be a blessing to women and men that struggle in their faith (or even to come to God) due to feelings of guilt and condemnation. I fully believe that it is God placing those desires in my heart and mind. And again, I feel completely and utterly unfit to do any of it. But…I have a ‘But God’ that can and will work through us to fulfill His will for our lives. We just need to do our part and ‘Be still’ and know that ‘He IS God.’
I pray that you take time to ‘Be still’ today and let Him pour out His Love, Grace and Mercy upon you.
All my love and in Jesus’ precious name.