Nov 29 Daily Rhythm
“Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
There is sometimes great confusion in the church regarding “works” and “grace.” It is actually quite simple. The one who knows true grace will align their lives in a greater level of devotion to Christ. Adore Christ today. He has shown mercy to you when you did not deserve it.
Psalm 51: 1-6
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love, according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
This is a confession of sin. David wrote it after being an adulterer and a murderer. How has God revealed sin to you? Confess it to him today.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
“Godly sorrow” is a phrase coined a long time ago to address the feeling of sadness we have when we realize our own sinfulness. Sometimes we prefer pride and self justification. Don’t fall for that lie of the enemy. God is right when he says to you that you do not measure up. Feeling sorrow is sometimes an appropriate response. The gospel of grace is the balm to the wounds of forgetting your maker.