April 20

It is funny how we look at ourselves, and how others see us. Last night as I was getting ready to go to church, I picked out an orange shirt and tie to go with a dark suit. I thought it looked okay … until I can upstairs and asked Terry what she thought. She was doing the dishes, and I asked her how I looked. She turned around and said, “WOW … it’s bright!” We both had a good laugh (and so did the people at church when they saw me). Sometimes, the way we see ourselves, is not the same as how other people see us. It is that way between myself and God.

God sees every sin we commit, and even knows the sinful thoughts that run through our minds. He sees sinful attitudes, and things that are hidden from others. As I consider those statements, I see the hopeless situation we are all in because of our sin and the omniscience of God. However, He reached down to us when we could not reach up to Him. He sent His Son to die in our place on the cross, so His righteous demand for a sacrifice for sin could be satisfied. God gives us a chance at a new beginning based on what we do with the gift of His Son.

David wrote a powerful chapter in the book of Psalm after his sins with Bathsheba and Uriah. After confessing his sin publicly, he wrote these words (that I have grown to love): “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:9-10). How could David be so bold to ask for this new beginning after all that he had done? How could we expect God to forgive our sins, when we have the entire Bible, and we still sin against Him? It’s called mercy!

What an incredible God we serve! His mercy is new every morning! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad for that new mercy every morning. My good friend, Henry Barfield once told me that if I used up all the mercy God had for me yesterday, it is okay, because He’s got a fresh bucket of mercy waiting for me today! As David penned the words above, I am sure that he was reminded of the specific sin he had done, and I am sure he was disappointed with himself. I also think that part of him would think that it was impossible for God to forgive such blatant sin. I also remember that the Apostle Paul told us that David was a man after God’s own heart. I believe God answered David’s prayer and that He created a clean heart within him. If God could do this for David, He can do it for you and me! Praise God! I need a clean heart today!

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