Psalm 51:1-3 NIV 2011
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. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
David approached God with a humble spirit and a contrite heart. After the prophet Nathan reminded him of his sin, David offered this prayer asking for forgiveness and cleansing. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and needed to ask for God’s great mercy. He used words and phrases he experienced from God and his amazing grace: mercy, unfailing love and great compassion. He then asked for cleansing that would make him acceptable in God’s sight. He began his confessional in verse three and ended in verse six. David acknowledged his sin and responded seeking God’s forgiveness. God forgives repentant sinners because of His abiding love.
I’m thankful daily that God is God and I am not. Reminding myself of that helps keep me humble and focused on Him. A sweet friend once asked me, “Who is on the throne today?” I still smile each time I remember that question. Asked in early 1980, that question is one of the first that caused me to think about who I am in Christ and what He did for me. God loves us so much that He sent His Son to save all repentant sinners like me.
Where have we seen His abiding love today?
Loved and forgiven,