May 8 (Daily reading: Psalms 25, 29, 33, 36, 39) There is an amazing revelation about grace in Psalm 25:7, “Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings; remember me according to Your faithfulness, for Your goodness’ sake, LORD.” David asked God to remember him not based on anything that David had done but based on all that God had done in His faithfulness and goodness. When God forgives our sin, He no longer sees the sin, but He sees the blood of Jesus that has removed it! “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7).
Psalm 33 begins by speaking of all the powerful works of God, such as, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their lights” (v. 6). But there is no divine act greater than His salvation through the forgiveness of sin! Therefore, “Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name” (vv. 20-21).
Psalm 36 acknowledges the sinfulness of man, and then declares: “Your mercy, LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies … Prolong Your mercy to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright of heart” (v. 5, 10). In His mercy and righteousness, our sins have been forgiven, meaning that our hearts have been turned from upside down to upright! And so, our prayer joins that of David: “My hope is in You. Save me from all my wrongdoings” (Ps. 39:7-8). Praise God today for His marvelous grace in our lives!
– Al Gary