Devotion – May 22, 2015 – For His Name's Sake

psalm79_9Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
—Psalm 79:9

Have you ever felt the need to confess your sins to God, but also felt like you had no right to ask?  Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “God, why would you ever love a person like me?  I keep doing things I know are wrong.”

It can be a difficult and scary thing to look at our lives honestly in the light of a Holy and Righteous God.  The truth is, we don’t deserve to be forgiven.  We have no right based on our lives to even ask.

Praise the Lord passages like Psalm 79:9.  When we know we can offer no reason in ourselves for God to forgive us, we see that God acts not because of what we have done, but because of who He is.  His natural desire is to show compassion and forgive.  So, the Psalmist prays, God forgive me because that is who you are and how you desire to be known.

How great it is to know that God forgives us not because of what we do, but because of who He is.  He wants to.  He loves you.  So, even when you feel like you shouldn’t even show your face before God, especially when you feel like you shouldn’t show your face before God, you can still kneel before Him, confess your sins, and know the He, who is faithful and just, will forgive your sins and cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)

Heavenly Father,
I come before you a sinner.  I know I don’t deserve your forgiveness.  Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver me and forgive my sins for your name’s sake.  Help me to remember that I can always come to you and confess my sins and that you delight in forgiving us.

Amen

Having prayed that prayer, hear these words.  Your sins are forgiven and are removed from you as far as the east is from the west.  Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.

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