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Donald Grey Barnhouse used to picture a believer, burdened with a sense of guilt, appealing to God for forgiveness. The believer was ashamed, for he knew that he had committed the same sin many times before. “O Lord,” he begged, “please forgive me again. I know I don’t deserve it, as this is the nineteenth time I’ve committed this sin this month. But please, Lord, forgive me this nineteenth time.” And, Dr. Barnhouse would say, the Lord looked up in surprise. “What do you mean, nineteenth?"

Today we read these words in Psalm 130:3-4 (NIV)

3 If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,

O Lord, who could stand?

4 But with you there is forgiveness;

therefore you are feared

Thank God for his grace and mercy. The writer of this song understood it clearly – if God dealt with us according to our sins . . . if he tallied every one of them on a running score sheet or made a mark on the wall for each of our sins . . . we would be lost forever . BUT with God there is forgiveness. And now, because of the mercy that we have received, we live a life to worship Him. Thank God that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Thank God that “if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

What a blessing to be able to live with hope for the future because my past has been taken care of by the mercy and grace of God – who sent his Son to die on the cross for my sins, and to rise from the dead with power over sin and death. Thank God that “his mercies and compassions do not fail, they are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

This morning my response is to sing . . .

You Are My King

Verse 1

I'm forgiven Because You were forsaken

I'm accepted You were condemned

I'm alive and well

Your Spirit is within me

Because You died And rose again

Chorus 1

Amazing love How can it be

That You my King Would die for me

Amazing love I know it's true

It's my joy to honor You

In all I do I honor You


You are my King

You are my King

Jesus You are my King

Jesus You are my King

CCLI Song No. 2456623

© 1996 songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Billy Foote

For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights Reserved.

CCLI License No. 263176

Suggested Readings to Read Through The Bible In a Year

Wednesday December 8, 2010   Zechariah 7-8 & Psalm 130

Thursday     December 9, 2010   Zechariah 9-10 & Psalm 131

Friday        December 10, 2010   Zechariah 11-12 & Psalm 132

Saturday    December 11, 2010   Zechariah 13-14 & Psalm 133

Sunday      December 12, 2010   Malachi 1-2 & Psalm 134

Monday     December 13, 2010   Malachi 3-4 & Psalm 135:1-7

Tuesday    December 14, 2010   Revelation 1-2 & Psalm 135:8-21


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