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Day 210

Prayer for the day

Bless God in the congregation; bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 51-53, Romans 2

Psalm 51 is one of the most heart-wrenching pieces of literature contained in the scriptures. In it, David confesses the sin he has been confronted with by the prophet Nathan. David has seduced a married woman, had her husband murdered, and impregnated her. He has directly contravened the law of God, and he knows it. He is directly and entirely in the wrong, and he does not hide this fact from God, or even try to defend himself from the accusations he faces. He owns up to God that he has done these things.

And once David has owned up to his sin, he pleads with God for forgiveness. He asks that not only would God forgive him, but that God would entirely blot out his sin and his guilt. He is asking something enormously difficult for humans, but he asks nonetheless, knowing that the forgiving God is able to do anything.

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, continues to indict humanity for its proclivity toward sin, but instead of a doom-and-gloom message, Paul offers hope for his audience. Instead of HAVING to be slaves to sin, there is salvation offered. The Law of God leads to the life of God, and Paul discusses the importance of the law for the believer as he talks about the cure for sinfulness.

More important than the written law, says Paul, is the law that God has written on the hearts of the people he has created. This law convicts, instructs, and directs. As it does so, we are able to follow God’s design for us and so show ourselves to be his children (Paul will eventually move this argument in the direction of the salvation God offers in Christ).

May we obey the law written on our hearts and show ourselves children of the king.

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