Unlimited: Approach God Based on His Mercy
Aug 14, 2020 1173
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions (Psalm 51:1, NIV).
Psalm 26 is very different to the Psalm quoted above. It is a Psalm of David’s youth, written before he understood the depths of his weakness, and the evil of which his heart was capable.
David claims in Psalm 26 to have led a blameless life, to have never faltered, and to have never even have sat down with evil-doers. He claims that his hands are innocent – all unlike the wicked, who are scheming and bloodthirsty. David asks God to save him because of his personal blamelessness. David is so confident in his superior moral position in relation to sinners, that he asks God to try his heart.
God did try David’s heart. And David was found wanting. David was horrified to discover later in life that he was fully capable of adultery and the vilest murder – in short, that he himself – to borrow the apostle’s term – was the “Chief of Sinners.” This is when he penned a very different Psalm.
We must learn, like David, to pray the prayer that the older and wiser David later prayed in Psalm 51. How different is this plea! Like David, we should plead with God for mercy, based on our blameless life, but according to God’s unfailing love and compassion. This is the only basis of salvation and acceptance with God.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Take some time to reconsider how you approach God. Is it on the basis that you have done some good things, or even just that you have tried to be a better person? Or is it simply because you trust in his love and mercy? You may want to start your relationship with God all over again.