Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin (Psalm 51:1-2).
There are two kinds of people in this world:
those who need forgiveness, and…
oh, wait—I guess there’s only one kind of people in this world.
Look, your sin may not be on the epic scale of King David’s—adultery, abuse of power, conspiracy to commit murder—but it’s still sin.
And you still need forgiveness.
And you still don’t deserve it.
David realized this. He claimed no special privileges as God’s anointed. He made no appeal based on his previous devotion. He expected no “do-overs” because of the mighty deeds he had done in God’s name.
He asked for mercy, not because of who he was, but because of who God is.
Oh, but Michael, we have something David didn’t have. We have the Cross.
Yes, we do, Beloved. And we don’t deserve that, either. The Cross stands as the ultimate evidence of God’s selfless love and great compassion.
Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t expect forgiveness. If you belong to Christ, the grace purchased at the Cross is yours for the taking—every day, all the time. But don’t demand it–not with your words, or with your actions, or with your attitude.
Receive it with joy, a gift from the One who knows you best and loves you anyway.
Happy Tuesday, Beloved.