Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
Psalm 25:4–7, ESV
We come to the Lord with nothing but a broken and contrite heart. This is one of the best lessons I learned from another pastor as I was preparing to be a pastor. I can still see his face when talking about the power of Holy Communion and the remembrance of the sacrifice that Jesus made. We don’t come to the faith because of our good nature, but we are called by God and set apart by His mercy. As the Psalmist, David writes these words with pure humility. If you study the life of David, you don’t find a truly humble man. He was proud and boastful. He thought very well of himself and as he rose in power took what he wanted. Yet, when it came to God he was different. He was humble in his words and when called out for his indiscretions, he repented. We know that David’s pride got him in trouble, but his faith restored him. The same is true with us. If we were to compare ourselves to David, I think many of us would feel pretty good about ourselves. Yet, we find that Scripture often writes that David was a man after God’s own heart. In all of his shortcomings, David sought after the Lord and His favor. We are called to do the same. We should never try to compare ourselves to another or justify our sin because we are not as bad as so-and-so. God doesn’t see things that way. Our salvation is not because we are perfect in our living, but because God sees the yearnings of our souls. He desires us to be seeking after Him in all aspects of our lives and ever seeking comfort in Him and His steadfast love that brings us eternity. We are not saved because of the extraordinary acts that we may accomplish, but through and extraordinary act that God did for us through His Son.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.