Monday, March 16 – What…Confession/Mercy

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. —Psalm 51:1-2

I recently jumped at the opportunity to choose the confession/mercy topic still available for a Lenten Devotion. Those who know me best often remind me that I need an extra dose of these two. I have learned from my faith journey that confession is the only action that I can take that marks a new joyful beginning for a new day, new year, new decade, new Lenten Season for me. The correlating mercy and forgiveness that follow such confession anchor the resultant “start anew” condition.

How did David in Psalm 51 above know, and how do we know, that we need to confess our sin? The law of God is written on our hearts and nags at our sense of an incomplete spiritual condition. God’s words of resounding compassion expressed by David “blot out our transgressions” and reassure us that we are complete and on the road to eternal life.

As we navigate through the Lenten Season with our Savior, let us remember that through the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ on Easter, we are assured of eternal life.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the gift of your Son, Our Savior. Give us the desire to confess our sins daily for the
reassurance of your mercy. In Jesus’ name.

By Bob Reem
Congregation Member