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Friday, September 22, 2017

David: The God of Second Chances

September 22

(Psalms 51:1-17 NIV)  "For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. {2} Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. {3} For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. {4} Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. {5} Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. {6} Surely you desire truth in the inner parts ; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. {7} Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. {8} Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. {9} Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. {10} Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. {11} Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. {12} Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. {13} Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. {14} Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. {15} O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. {16} You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. {17} The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."

David sinned and got caught. But he didn't just blow it off and mumble something about no one being perfect. He didn’t blame anyone else for his actions. He was crushed by the weight of his sin. His heart was broken and he repented. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, God will forgive us, no matter what we have done. His mercies are never ending. So, if God has forgiven you, maybe it's time you forgave yourself. When we have been forgiven by God, but refuse to forgive ourselves, we are acting like we know better than the Lord. We are placing ourselves in a higher position than Jesus and occupying His judgment seat. So, if you’ve been forgiven by the Lord, but will not forgive yourself, you have essentially become an idolater -- and you are the idol. Worship God acceptably. Cease and desist from your self-worship. Begin to forgive. Begin with yourself. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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