Posted by: peebles | August 10, 2011

Psalm 51:1(KJV) ~ Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Psalm 51:1(KJV) ~ Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Many years ago, when I was at school, I sat at a desk which had an ink pot at the top right hand of it and grooves to put your quill pen, just under the ink pot. These were old desks which were made in the early 1930s, but my school still used them. To write, you would have a piece of paper on your desk and use your quill pen which you dipped into the ink pot. This is when writing was not just an art in itself, but a skill which you had to learn. If you made a mistake, you would take something called blotting paper and press it onto the freshly written ink on your piece of paper. The blotting paper would soak up the ink but leave a slight stain. Once dry, you could write over your mistake and carry on.

David, in our text for today, took his sin before the LORD and asked God to blot out his stain of sin. In the Old Testament, the mercy of God, through sacrifice, would cover over your sin, but through Christ Jesus your sin is taken away. Imagine, if you will, a stain on a table. Through the Old Testament way of sacrifice for sin, it would cover over the stain like a table cloth, but in the New Testament, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, and by His powerful precious blood, the stain is not just covered over, it is not just blotted out, but it is taken away completely.

The Bible says in Isaiah 1:18 (KJV), “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe,

Sin had left a guilty stain; He washed it white as snow.

My friend, take heart from our text for today in Psalm 51:1(KJV), “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” God is a gracious God, a merciful and loving God who, through Jesus Christ, will not only blot out your stain of sin, but wash it clean away. Oh, what joy to know, what a comfort to glean from this verse of Scripture: 1 John 1:7 (KJV), “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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