Welcome, friends. Here is today’s passage in the Psalm 25 series (v. 11):
For the sake of your name, O Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
I can’t get past this verse. I want to tack some of the following verses onto this blog post, but I just can’t.
My heart cries out with David.
For the sake of your name….
My sins, Lord – they overwhelm me.
They flood over me,
To the point where I feel as if I might drown.
Do you see how great my struggles are?
Do you see the foolishness,
Not only of my youth, but of today?
David, in his humble state, wrestles with the questions that I imagine many of us do:
Will God forgive me?
Read again verse 10:
All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
For those who keep the demands of his covenant.
David knows God’s character. He spends much of this psalm declaring that truth. And yet, he still seems to express almost a doubt here about those times he did not keep the demands of the covenant –
For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
David knew a Messiah would come. We know the Messiah has come.
We look at our sin, reminding God of how great it is. God shows us the cross, reminding us how sufficient He is.
I’m so thankful for the cross. Through it, we have the opportunity to experience his grace everyday, grace that seems to good to be true.
Grace declares all of our sins forgiven, even the one you committed yesterday that you’ve committed a million times before.
Grace also empowers us to resist sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Can you embrace grace today?
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Approach the throne. Embrace the power of grace. Rather than beg for forgiveness, as David did, ask to be continually filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) who is able to empower you to resist the lure of temptation. Look to the cross. It is sufficient.