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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
       
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"... pardon my iniquity, for it is great."
Psalm 25:11
 
 
 

Dear Reader, on the face of it, this is a strange prayer. We might have expected: "For Your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is small." Rather, we have, "for it is great." This kind of praying comes from a sense of the sinfulness of sin. Every sin is great in one sense, because it is against the great God who has showered His goodness and kindness upon us. One who loves God senses more the greatness of his smallest sin than one who does not love God senses in his greatest sin. Some sins are greater than others, but everyone who truly seeks the pardon of God senses that each of his sins is great. Who can imagine anyone praying: "O LORD, I have rejected Your authority, disobeyed Your commandments, insulted Your honor, and repaid Your goodness with rebellion. O LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is small."?

This kind of praying also comes from a sense of the power of God to pardon great sins. The Psalmist views himself as a great sinner, but He views God as a great Savior. "But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more." Romans 5:20.

This kind of praying also comes from a sensitivity to God's glory. "For Your name's sake, O LORD ..." is the reason he urges God to pardon his great sin. If the LORD will pardon great sin, He will receive great praise.

Let each of us, my friend, imitate David the Psalmist. Let us go to God in prayer with these words, trusting in the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the only foundation of Divine pardon.

   

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