v 1 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
There has been a for-ever search for cleaner washing! What will take the mud off football shirts, the oil out of mechanics jeans, red wine off the carpet, flower pollen off the Sunday suit, ballpoint scribbles off the shirt cuffs, and even bird poo off the clean washing on the line? The all-purpose, never failing, simple to use cleaning remedy is the manufacturers dream. (If you know it exists, why don’t I?)
The tragedy that is bigger than any dirty mark we can imagine is the stain that sin puts on our lives. For David, the ugly stain was the result of adultery, and he knew it.
This is one single thing that spoils a relationship with God, our sin. And there is just one thing that cuts across this broken relationship to restore us to fellowship with God, His unfailing love (Chesed again!). Sin stains our life and character. But God’s nature is described in three statements in this verse ‘.. mercy …. unfailing love … great compassion ‘ and David recognises these characteristics of God’s nature as the only grounds for hope for the future and being made clean – the stain of sin being blotted out. It is wonderful enough in everyday human life when past relationships that have been broken for some reason are renewed. The heart is lifted with fresh lightness, and there is a sense of a new life beginning. How much more so when we grasp that God offers the same renewed blessing, with the past forgiven and forgotten, and friendship established. Imagine – a friend of God – a child of God. That is an experience for the present time, but then think of the future! John writes ‘Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. ‘ (1 John 3:2)
Both the present and the eternal future are bright!
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