“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.” (Psalm 51:1-2 NIV)
There are two major themes that I get from today’s devotional:
1. Through the passage above and my reading of Judges, I am coming to grips that I will continue to sin against You, Lord. It’s not that I want to sin, or that I don’t understand the blessings I miss out on by my transgressions; but it’s because I am human and broken. But I shouldn’t feel discouraged by this fact and think “Why bother?!” Because regardless of how bad things are and how often these falls happen, You love me forever and deeply still, and that You give me a way out and a way back. This reminder will empower me to do and be better and better. And
2. In the Book of Job God calls him out on his over-righteousness and wondering “why me?” and through Judges 11 where Jephthah calls out the king of the Ammonites on why he has beef with the Israelites. I’m not entirely sure whether I myself need to be called out; or that I need to strength to call others out – with kindness, of course – but it’s going to stay on my mind throughout the day.
If it’s the former, I pray for the humility to accept this tough love and the strength to correct my actions; and if it’s the latter, I pray for the courage to stand up when others are sitting down in the face of wrongdoing; the wisdom to say the right things; and the love to say things right.