Devotions for February 19, 2017

PSALM 51:1-17

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.[a] 5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,[b] teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins,[c] 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[d] 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.

GOD IS PLEASED WITH A CONTRITE HEART

One of the things that makes King David legendary is his practice of repentance: that is, the authentic, remorseful confession of his sins and willful resolve to live in a way that pleases God’s heart. We can learn a great deal from how he handled some of his biggest moral failures. Those who continue to seek God will continue to be used by God.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does David ask God to do in verses 10 and 12?

Q: What sins do you need to confess today? With whom do you need to reconcile?

Q: Since God has had mercy on you, to whom can you show mercy today as a reflection of the dynamic love of Jesus?

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