We take God's forgiveness for granted. We don't fully appreciate His mercy. Why? Because, we don't see our behavior from His point of view. If we did, we would be utterly amazed at His grace. Listen to what the Psalmist wrote of the children of Israel in today's passage. He wrote, "Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him. All they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues. Their hearts were not loyal to him. Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. Again and again they tested God's patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies. They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt." How much of this could be said of us? And yet, in the midst of all this rebellion is today's verse, "He was merciful and forgave their sins!" Today, marvel in His love, mercy, forgiveness and grace He extends to you.
Dear Father, how I have rebelled against you. How ungrateful I am of all you have done for me. How easily I have forgotten your mercies. Forgive me! Today, I come with thanksgiving for your love and grace toward me. I exalt you, Lord, for your forgiveness. In Jesus' name, amen.
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