Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your stead fast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
All I can think about when I read this Psalm, Lord, is how easy it is for You to forgive my sins and the sins of the world. I can easily get caught up in the ugliness of my sin and the filth that sin has covered me in. Each moment I feel the death of this world slowly creeping in on me. My body is dying. The world around me is dying. And every sin I commit leads to more and more death.
But for the sake of Your goodness, you can forgive me.
For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
For the sake of Your name, You pardon us of all our guilt. All of my guilt. Your name is holy and righteous and good. It is perfect. Your name is above all names. Your glory is revealed in everything You have made. The majesty of Your breath brings eternal life and peace. Because of Your name, you forgive and cleanse and pardon. I am forgiven, cleansed and pardoned.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
I don’t need to feel ashamed. I don’t need to be afraid. I don’t need to feel dirty or broken anymore, God. I can come to You filthy and broken, and because of Your name, because of Your mercy, because of Your righteousness, You have and do offer me forgiveness through Your beautiful Son, Jesus, my Lord.
I’m sorry for all the times I have walked in shame and fear, forgetting Your goodness and righteousness. I’m sorry that I have tried to rely on my feeble ability to try and cleanse myself in order to come into Your presence. So, I ask that You help turn me around, God. Turn me back to Your smile of love and mercy. Turn me back so that I can fall into Your arms of comfort and healing.
I love You, God. Thank You for being Good.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.