Pastor's Update

  Pastor's Update  
Each month, our pastor writes a personal message of encouragement for the members of Christ Lutheran.

Pastor's updates generally correspond to his updates in the monthly congregational newsletter, The Messenger

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS
November 2018
"We need God's mercy just as much as David" 

Psalm 51:1-2  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  (NIV® 84)

David had just been confronted about his sin.  What he did was pretty ugly.  Adultery.  Murder.  Lying and cover up.  But the prophet Nathan came to him, showed him his sin, and David said, “I have sinned against the LORD.”  (NIV® 84)  Nathan uttered those sweet words to him, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”  (NIV® 84)  The words for our devotion for today from Pslam 51 are said by this psalm’s Hebrew heading to have been written right after Nathan came to David.  Can you imagine David approaching God in any other way than the way he does?  Could you imagine David saying, “Give me what I have coming.  Treat me the way my actions deserve.  Take the book of my deeds, that has all these terrible sins of mine, and render accordingly to me”?  If God did that, things wouldn’t have been too pretty for David.  He rightly cries out for mercy.  He calls on God to blot out his transgressions, to wash away his iniquity and cleanse his sin.  David doesn’t appeal to any great deed he has done, but to God’s unfailing love, to his great compassion.

We really find ourselves in the same boat as David.  The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart.  It emphasizes how great his faith was and in general how faithful he was in following the LORD.  And yet none of that changed what his sin deserved from God.  The Bible tells us that if we hate our brother, in God’s eyes we have committed murder.  It tells us that if we look at a woman lustfully, we have committed adultery in our hearts.  It tells us that if we break one command of God’s law that we are guilty of breaking it all.  Even the most seemingly insignificant sins of ours makes us just as guilty of God’s punishment as David.  And we probably all can think of something we did in our life where we just can’t believe we ever could have done something so awful.  We need God’s mercy just as much as David or anybody else for that matter.  

How wonderful that God gives it to us in Jesus!  In his great love and compassion, God sent Jesus to save us.  All those sins that were written down in our book.  God put them on Jesus.  Jesus suffered for them in our place.  In Jesus, they are paid for and taken away.  It means that when we come before God with the same heart as David, one that humbly recognizes our sins, that cries out for God’s mercy, that trusts his promise of forgiveness in the Savior, that we enjoy that same blessing as David.  Our sins are blotted out.  We are washed clean of all our sin.  Through faith in Jesus we live in the mercy of our God and have his gifts of forgiveness and eternal life.  Praise God for his great mercy and compassion that he gives us in Jesus!  May he always keep us looking to him for mercy and trusting in him for forgiveness, so that through faith we will continue to enjoy his wonderful gift of salvation.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Andy DeGier
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS

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