The scripture reading for today is Psalm 51: 1-4, KJV
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and clear when thou judgest."
Take a look at the opening of this Psalm. The writer, David, is really on himself for what he had done against God. He asks for mercy. He equates sin to evil. He does take responsibility for his actions and feels shame. He asked God to make him pure again in the sight of God. He says nothing about his fellow man, He deserves how God will judge him for his sin. David lived under the law. But, the Psalm continues...
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not away thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee" Verses 10 through 13 (KJV)
God changes everything and everyone. God is in control. How often do we find a write in the Old Testament asking for God's holy spirit? Yet, here it is being asked NOT to be taken away. Think about this. God gives his spirit to us so we can acknowledge Jesus is Lord. David had insight about this power that God gives us.
Once transformed, David tells God what he will do for those who need to be given this knowledge about God and his tender mercies. God changes all. Jesus cam for all. Grace is given for all. Redemption comes from God. Salvation is given by God.
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Prayer Concern: for those who we need to share our faith with. Pray for us as we share our faith. Pray for witnesses of Jesus and their speech to others. Pray for peace.