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September 22, 2022
Today’s reading: Psalms 51:1
Appeal to God’s mercy
We read in Psalms 51:1:
1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51, as we know, is God’s prayer of repentance after committing adultery with Bathsheba, putting Uriah to death, and bringing shame to the whole nation of Israel.
In this great sin David committed, he also needed God’s great mercy. That’s why David opened this psalm with his appeal to God’s mercy.
Notice David’s appeal. He didn’t try to justify his action. He didn’t try to come up with any excuse. He didn’t explain why he fell into transgression.
All we see is a humble heart asking for God’s forgiveness. A truly repentant person doesn’t need to make excuses. If he does, then that’s not true repentance.
David asks for mercy according to God’s lovingkindness. This is such a powerful word to describe God’s great tendency to overlook our weakness and sin, instead of meting out punishment.
If there’s a multitude of sin, there’s also a multitude of mercies. In all cases, God’s mercies are far more abundant than our sins. If our sins are like the number of our hair, then God’s mercies are the number of stars or the grain of sand in the ocean.
In David’s plea for forgiveness, he asked his sin to be blotted out as if a debt would be erased from a record.
Psalm 51 gives us a model or outline of how we can pray when we ask for forgiveness. We can study this chapter and gain more understanding of what it really means to repent and be forgiven by God.
As always, we should thank our heavenly Father for His great mercy. For without mercy, we will all perish. For it was because of God’s mercy coupled with His grace that we are all saved from our iniquity.
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