Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Have Mercy

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my shameful deeds – they haunt me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgement against me is just. Psalm 51: 1-4 NLT

My freshman high school English teacher once said that she would love to meet the person who, if caught speeding, would freely admit to the police that they had been doing wrong and accept the consequences of their actions without making excuses or bursting into tears.

I have to admit I am not one of those people.

But here God wants us to do this every thing: admit our mistakes and accept the consequences.

God wants us to face up to our sins, our guilt, our shameful deeds and our evil actions. We in turn ask God to blot out our sins and make us guilt free. We admit that we have only sinned against God and accept God's punishment.

Are you ready?

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my shameful deeds – they haunt me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgement against me is just. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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