Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions. ( Psalm 51:1 ESV )
Though I may not say it, lingering in the back of my mind is the idea that God will only forgive me if I have some pledge of doing better or some work to make up for it. Even though I know that God’s forgiveness comes only on the basis of His mercy; the only sacrifice enough to cover my sin the one that He provided in Jesus, this thought wants to creep in. How much I need the Psalms to pound it into me that my only appeal for forgiveness is God’s love. What a wonderful pounding!