Psalm 51, 3-5
Something to read
For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
New King James Version
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Something to think about
David did not try to hide his sin, he acknowledged it to God. By saying 'Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight', he admitted that it was a sin against God Himself. While it is true that he had sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah and his own wife, David knew that he had ultimately sinned against God Himself. He accepted the condemnation of God against him was justified.
Something to do
There are many decisions that we make in the discharge of our duties. In the process, we have tolerated or turned a blind eye to things that were wrong. We must come to a point where we realise that sin is ultimately a sin against God. Today, reflect wholeheartedly on your sins and repent before God.
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Something to pray
Saviour of the world, forgive our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit that we may amend our lives according to your Holy word. Amen.
Today’s contributor is Father Emmanuel Chikoya, who is involved with Christian Aid partner the Zambia Anglican Council's Cross Border Malaria prevention Initiative (CBMI). Father Chikoya chose the New King James Version for this series of readings.