Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Title: A Cry for Mercy
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
In the 1920’s a prominent pastor received this letter, “Wouldn’t the world be better off if the words “sin,” “lust,” etc. ad infinitum had never been coined?” What do you think?
If there is one thing that we all do; it is to sin. Not only do we sin, we sin a lot. We don’t do the things we are supposed to do. We do things we know we shouldn’t do. People in the Bible sinned too. Prophet Nathan pointed out the sins of King David after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. David came before God to confess his sins and to plead for mercy, forgiveness and cleansing. So that he can be right again with God and his relationship with God can be restored.
Psalm 51 belongs to a group of Psalms called “Penitential Psalms.” Penitential Psalms share some common features where the Psalmist humbly realises his sorrow over his sin and spiritual failures. He confesses his sin before God and recognises his need for God’s favour and forgiveness. There are seven Penitential Psalms out of the 150 Psalms. They are Psalms 6, 32, 33, 51, 102, 130 and 143.
What is sin? The first two verses of Psalm 51 use descriptive words for sin. (1) Sin is missing the goal or something worthwhile we aim at. (2) Sin is also rebellion or mutiny, the root meaning of the word “transgression” in verse 1. (3) Sin is perversion, twisting, warp personality.
What is forgiveness? The psalmist uses picturesque words for forgiveness. (1) Forgiveness means to “blot out,” or “erase,” or “wipe out.” It simply means all our damaging entry in God’s “Record Book” is a clean slate now (v1). (2) “Wash” (v2), is the second word used for forgiveness. Imagine in the old days where the dhobi beating the clothes against a stone to get rid of the dirt or the stain. (3) “Cleanse” (v2), where in the Old Testament, a person cured from leprosy will show up in the temple before the priest to be declared that he is free or totally cleansed from this dreadful disease.
Notice David comes before God for forgiveness on the basis of God’s unfailing love and His great compassion. The unfailing love of God, or as someone describes it as the “love-that-will-not-let-me-go” enable us to come to ask for it now. The most marvellous thing about God’s love and compassion is that we don’t deserve it but He still shows His favour to us when we confess our sin and seek for forgiveness.
”As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psa 103:12).
Then God says He will bury all our iniquities into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19) How we thank God; He forgives and He gives us a clean slate to start afresh.
Prayer for Today
Remain silent before God and think about the things that you are sorry about. Then ask God to forgive your sins.
God have mercy! I don’t do the things I am supposed to do. I do the things that I know I shouldn’t do. Forgive me. I know I have sinned. My sins have hurt God, and damaged myself but hurt also the people closest to me. Please wash me, cleanse me, give me a new heart.
Father, thank You for loving me even when I have failed. Thank you that I can come to You with my sin and cry out for mercy and love. Your unfailing love and mercy are abundant. You are always willing to forgive.
Lord, restore your joy in my heart which is your strength which enables me to continue to walk upright. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.