WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
Have mercy on me, O God, because of Your unfailing love.
Because of Your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Psalm 51:1 (NLT2)
OVERCOMING SHAME: RUN TO GOD’S MERCY AND GRACE
Several years ago, a businessman found out about an elderly widow who was unable to pay her rent. Feeling pity for her, he went to some of his friends and asked them if they would be kind enough to contribute something to help pay her rent. They responded, and he got two months rent. He went to the widow’s house that week to deliver the money. Although he knew she was inside, when he knocked he got no answer. He knocked a second time and still no answer. He knocked a third time, still no answer. He knocked a fourth time. Not knowing what else to do, he returned to his business.
A couple of days later, he saw her downtown on the sidewalk looking destitute. He walked up to her and said, “Ma’am, some friends of mine and I found out about your situation. We want to help. We got enough money together to give you rent money for two months. I came to your house to give it to you this week, but I knocked several times and got no answer.” She took a gasp of breath and put her hand to her face. She said, “Oh, I thought you were the landlord coming to evict me.” (R. Larry Moyer, “Right Smack in the Middle of Sin”)
David knew what he deserved in judgment from God, and that the penalty for adultery as well as murder was death. If God only acted in justice, he was to die for his sins. Thus, he recognized that if he would be forgiven and cleansed it would come about because of the grace, compassion, and lovingkindness of God, alone. David asks the Lord for mercy.
What do you expect when God comes knocking at your door? Are you expecting to get evicted, or are you expecting to experience grace? God pursues you to offer you mercy and grace. Are you running to God or away from God?
Hebrews 4:16, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Thank God for His throne of grace and mercy.