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Day Five: Prayer of Mercy

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Psalm 51:1-4 - “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. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.”

Presumably after one of King David’s worst failures and wrongs, he has written, prayed and lived this psalm. In the beginning of the psalm we hear his cry for mercy. He does not assume nor treat his wrongs casually. But he does humbly trust in who God is, his unfailing love and his compassion. He asks God to blot out/cancel out his offences, to wash/launder away all of his wrongdoings, to cleanse/purify him of his complete failure to hit the mark. He uses different words to express the totality of his wrongs. After asking for forgiveness and purity he admits his wrong again, now seeing more clearly that his wrongs towards others are actually wrongs/evil against God. God, the Judge, is in the right and he is in the wrong.

Because of God’s unbreakable mercy ultimately displayed through his son, Jesus Christ, we can come before him even after our “worst” wrongs and failures. Not is it so much of “we can” but more so “we so badly need” God’s purifying work in our lives. He is the only who washes us and cleanses us from our wrongs, because Jesus died for you and me.

Today, let’s pray this psalm of mercy given to his church. Let’s humble ourselves before him and receive his mercy and washing for our lives. Let’s ask to see him and ourselves clearly.

- AP

Day Four: Holy God With Us

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Day Three: A Time to Trust

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Day Two: I Am the Lord Your God

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Day One: The Year of Jubilee

Monday, January 25th, 2016