Daily Devotional: Psalms 51:1-9
1 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 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin 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.
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.
It is no wonder that we all sin because sin is any time that we fall short of the glory of God. As we recognize who God really is and we see his glory in our minds, we know that we are all far short of his majesty and his perfection. God cannot lie but we too often do so. God cannot be unjust but we fall into this more than we want to do. God is never unfair or unkind or hateful but we do these things, even when we try not to do them. When we fail to be like him in our thoughts, in our motives and in our actions, we have sinned against him. Yes, we all sin.
Even though David had sinned against Uriah, Bathsheba and the entire nation of Israel, ultimately, his sin was against God and God only. This is because God is the one who said he was not to commit adultery or murder or cover his sins by lying and deception. When we sin, we sin against God, regardless of who else may be involved in it. So we confess our sin to God who will forgive us in Christ.
O Lord, I know that I have sinned more than I really want to admit and, in more ways, than seems possible. Thank you for your mercy, your grace and for your forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Help me learn from each mistake I make in my life and use each of them to draw closer to you and to become more like you. As my sin has abounded, so has your grace to forgive but keep me from ever using your grace as an excuse for my sin. Help your children show love, mercy and grace to each other and to the world all around us. I pray in the name of Jesus.