1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your loving kindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:1-2
Last week, I shared with you that I had been given this book.  It continues to speak to me.  I found the following quote from the book online here.  If you don’t want to click the link, this is what it says:
“When I come to the Lord after I’ve blown it, I’ve only one argument to make. It’s not the argument of the difficulty of the environment that I am in. It’s not the argument of the difficult people that I’m near. It’s not the argument of good intentions that were thwarted in some way.

I come to the Lord with only one appeal; his mercy. I’ve no other defense. I’ve no other standing. I’ve no other hope. I can’t escape the reality of my biggest problem; me! So I appeal to the one thing in my life that’s sure and will never fail. I appeal to the one thing that guaranteed not only my acceptance with God, but the hope of new beginnings and fresh starts. I appeal on the basis of the greatest gift I ever have or ever will be given.

I leave the courtroom of my own defense, I come out of hiding and I admit who I am. But I’m not afraid, because I’ve been personally and eternally blessed. Because of what Jesus has done, God looks on me with mercy. It’s my only appeal, it’s the source of my hope, it’s my life. Mercy, mercy me!”

— Paul David Tripp (Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy)

Lord, I am so thankful for your mercy.  It IS my hope.  It IS what makes me able to persevere in this world.  I am imperfect, yet you love me.  I am a sinner, yet you saved me.  I cry out and you hear me.  Never do you fail me, Lord.  Never do you leave me.  Lord, how do I say thank you for all you have done?  I only know to say thank you and to try and live my life as a reflection of You and your love for me and all mankind.  Thank you, Lord.
Do you ever stop and really think about what the Lord has done for us?  He didn’t just die for us.  No, He suffered.  He endured pain and agony.  And He did it, because He loves us.


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