Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday - Psalm 86 - Ready to Forgive

EOPLE can be hesitant to forgive... or even absolutely unwilling to forgive.  God is notnaturally that way though.  David knew by experience that God is habitually ready to forgive (Psalm 86:5).  And by the way, the forgiveness that extends forth from heaven is offered even to stiff-necked and hardhearted rebels (Romans 5:6 & 8).  He has plenty of mercy.  What a God we serve!

There is no extra-biblical concept of divinity that even compares to the reality of who our God actually is (Psalm 86:8).  We come to Him day after day after day, and what do we find?  We discover that He is rich in mercy... eager to forgive.  We find that He has a tender place in His heart for the poor and needy.  We find that He is thrilled when we come to depend on Him.

When we learn to rest confidently in His unchanging goodness, then and only then will we be able to say with David, "In the day of my trouble I will call upon You: for You will answer me" (Psalm 86:7).  We might tend more toward hoping and wishing and wondering.  Even in asking, I am naturally guilty of James 1:6 violations. At times, my heart is divided.  We should have a single heart (Acts 2:46). If we lack in that area, we should pray as David did that God would intervene and unite our heart for us (Psalm 86:11).  Then and only then can we praise God with all of our heart (Psalm 86:12).  If for no other reason, we should worship Him because of the fact that even though God had no demand levied upon Him to forgive His wayward creations, He is ready and eager to forgive.

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