It is God who redeems

Accountability. I need it. One great thing about this blog is that I am accountable for my quiet time with my Bible. How can I be writing in a blog that focuses on Him without spending time to focus on Him? Clearly, the answer is that I can’t, and so here we go!

This first thought comes from my reading in Psalm 26:11, which reads, “I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me”. Throughout Psalm 26, David  basically is saying ‘Hey God, I’m doing good stuff and living a good life that brings you worship’, but at the end, he threw in this little gem that stuck with me! David could DO a lot of different things (i.e. not sitting with bad men and not consorting with hypocrites (v.4), washing his hands in innocence (v.5), etc.), but he knew that it is God who redeems him. AND David needed God’s mercy in the end because his life wasn’t actually that blameless!

Now, this doesn’t mean we should stop trying to lead a blameless life, but it is a reminder as to who is the one doing the saving at the end of the day. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). I think David got this point, even though he didn’t know the end of the story. On the cross, Jesus died the death that we should have died to give us the life that we don’t deserve. It is that sacrifice and gift that brings us redemption, mercy, grace, and eternal life with our God, not any of the works we try to do. This is a great thing, because my works will never be good enough, but Jesus’ sacrifice is always enough and His righteousness always meets the mark!

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