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 alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Psalmist asks God to have mercy on him. I ran across this beautiful quote by Nishan Panwar about mercy: “Grace is when you get the good things you don’t deserve. Mercy is when you are spared from the bad things you do deserve. God is generous with both.” I am thankful that God’s grace and mercy are far more generous than we can ever imagine. I don’t know about you, but I am often in need of both. Think about how God has extended mercy or grace to you. Think about ways that you can extend mercy and grace to others. I think forgiveness is an integral part of mercy and grace, so think about one person that you need to forgive today. Seek that person out and offer forgiveness.
Persistently forgiving God, we are a stiff-necked and stubborn people who try your patience; yet, instead of giving us up for lost, you seek us out until we return to you. Break our willfulness and bring us back from our wanderings; bend our pride and create in us pure and faithful hearts, which rejoice in your forgiveness made known through Jesus Christ. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.