I read this psalm today from a true man of God, seeking grace. After making several terrible mistakes, he has turned to God in repentance, asking for forgiveness and a new start. It speaks to me because I do this on almost a daily basis. I am thankful that God’s grace toward me has no end.
As you read this today, I encourage you to consider the following question:
What would happen if the church stopped focusing on having the best programs or the most appealing worship services; and, instead, focused on showing true grace to every person that walked through the doors? And when I say, “the church” I mean us, the people inside the building.
What would happen if we were known as the place “where Jesus is handing out fresh starts” instead of that church with great children’s and youth programs? Would it bring new people to the church, maybe some who had never considered it before?
As a program director, I sometimes forget our mission in the midst of getting the tasks done. Shame on me for not being a better grace dispenser in this world. Shame on me for not being the first in line to share the good news with people about the wonderful gift I am given each day.
I am a child of Your unending grace. Give me a heart and a passion for sharing that news freely with a lost and hurting world.
A psalm of David
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 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 judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.