What lies deepest in me is not my sin but God.

Reading the Word

Psalm 103

Praise for the LORD’S Mercies.

A Psalm of David.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

6 The LORD performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who [c]fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

 

Reflecting on the Word

In an art composition, the light and dark values are divided into positive and negative and negative spaces, each defining the other and sharing their boundaries.

In life, knowledge and mystery are parts of the same composition, each defining the other, and sharing their boundaries. They are parts of the same whole, sharing the same space. Good questions don’t always lead to good answers. They might only silhouette the shapes of mystery and outlines of grace.

The mystery of my fickle heart has broad outlines of grace. Who am I? By the grace of God I am His. And when I look deepest into the heart of mine, I see the outlines of grace defining the mystery of my redemption.

 

What lies deepest in me is not my sin

but God.

Stephen Shortridge

Deepest Thanks, Deeper Apologies

Responding to the Word

God,

 

You are so much more merciful that I could ever imagined in my youth. My life, my need for You, has been beyond my reason—my need for Your love beyond my logic, my need for Your faithfulness profound in my unfaithfulness.

Somehow, I completely underestimated Your grace. I received it but underestimated my need of it. I believed it but underestimated the power of it.

And wanting it, I’m shocked how fierce Your love can be; it is scandalous.

Deepest thanks for Your merciful patience, endless grace, and undeserved love.

And deeper apologies that it’s taken a lifetime of Your forgiveness to convince me of Your love.

Amen and amen.

 

Stephen Shortridge

Deepest Thanks, Deeper Apologies

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About kengire

Ken Gire has been a fulltime writer since 1981 publishing more than twenty books. His writing has earned such honours as two Gold Medallion Awards, Book-of-the-Year by Campus Life and two have been named C. S. Lewis Honour Books. He has worked with Insight for Living, co-authored 25 study guides with Chuck Swindoll and written on such diverse topics as devotional series and young adult fiction. He is currently working on a historical fiction that will be adaptable to film. Ken is also an inspiriational speaker and has founded Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping individuals live more reflective lives so they may experience life more deeply. View all posts by kengire

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