David is such an interesting person to study in the Bible! He loves God and he truly wants to be a man of God. But he strays and he sins and he does some pretty horrible things.
He always returns to God after he strays. Psalm 51 is a great example of a repentant heart. I love that David starts out asking God to have mercy on him ‘because of your unfailing love, because of your great compassion.”
David gets it – God’s mercy comes from love and it can’t be earned. None of us can ever do anything to earn it. David did a lot of good things in his life but he knows God’s mercy is his because of God’s love. It’s a free gift.
We can often have a very hard time really accepting God’s grace. We think we have to earn it. So we get lost in busyness of serving God or even in the obligations of serving God. We forget to just recognize our rebellion and call out to God asking for his mercy and compassion. Just like David did.
Dear Father, we thank you for your free gift of grace. We ask you to help us live in that grace every day,