The Living Word
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:1-2
The Word in Motion
Repentance is one of the greatest forms of worship before the Most Holy God! Why? Because it is where we acknowledge the gift of the sacrifice that was made on our behalf. The forgiveness of sin. It is where we receive this gift that was purchased for us. A heart of repentance is a sweet smelling fragrance of worship before the living God.
Repentance is where we turn from our wicked ways...not just feel remorse or guilt for what you have done. Repentance always brings us to a point of: I have sinned! Where God's holiness, mercy and grace meet our unworthiness. “I am undone.” When Isaiah saw the holiness of God he fell to his knees and cried "Woe is me! I am ruined! Isaiah 6:5a The surest sign that God is at work in us is when we say that and mean it. King David also understood this. When he had sinned and conviction was evident he ran to the altar and grabbed hold of it crying out to God for forgiveness. His response was with all of his heart and soul. "Against You, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. Psalm 51:4. “Cast not away from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11
Repentance is not just a onetime incident where we repent for something we obviously did or were caught at. It is a lifestyle. As believers, we live in the presence of a Holy God every day. God is always revealing, stirring, reminding, correcting, bestowing on us every moment of our day. A lifestyle of worship is live daily acknowledging His holiness and our sinfulness. It is living daily allowing God's grace to bring us to a place of repentance and change. A place where we desire “to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2Cor 7:1
God has paid the debt and we have the precious gift of forgiveness. To receive this precious gift we need to offer our hearts of repentance before him. We are called to be holy as he is holy, to offer a sacrifice of worship that pleases Him. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17
When was the last time you spent time in worship like David did in Psalm 51?
“Have mercy on me O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
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.
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Surly you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” Psalm 51 1-12
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51: 17