Justin came home from school with a note from his teacher. After handing it to his father, he stood quietly as his Dad read it out loud. “Mr. Brady, Justin started a fight during recess today and was sent to the principal’s office. Please discuss this matter with him and decide what punishment he should receive.”
After reading the note, his father looked him in the eyes and said, “Justin, I’m really disappointed in you. I never thought you would do something like that!”
“Dad,” cried Justin, “it wasn’t my fault. It was Danny’s. He hit me first. Cross my heart and hope to die if I am not telling the truth!”
No one enjoys being judged for wrongdoing. We all want to believe that we live a life that reflects clean hands, a pure heart, and a mind free of evil thoughts. But if we were to be questioned and asked if we lived up to those character traits, not many of us would “cross our hearts and hope to die” if challenged.
David knew that his hands were not clean, nor his heart pure or his mind free of evil thoughts. So, he appealed to the mercy and grace of God and cried out to Him and said, “Declare me righteous, O Lord, for I am innocent, O Most High.”
That wonderful declaration of David was finally and fully answered in Christ. When he called for the righteousness of God to declare him innocent, he knew that it was in God’s nature to forgive him for his sins and deliver him from his sinful behaviors. He’ll do it for us, too!
Prayer: How grateful we are, Father, for Your love that saves us, Your grace that forgives us, Your spirit that cleanses us, and Your Word that guides us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The Lord judges the nations. Declare me righteous, O Lord, for I am innocent, O Most High! Psalm 7:8
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