Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
David in this Psalm is crying out to God for help. He starts by asking God to listen to his plea. “Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy.” Psalm 86:1. It is very apparent that he is struggling and in need of God’s help. He then asks that God would be gracious to him. “Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long. Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” Psalm 86:3-4. In whatever was going on in his life, he was asking God to take away his sorrow and give him joy once again. He ends this verse by declaring that only to Him does he lift up his soul. Only to Him does he go for help. He lifts himself up to God in prayer to help him in this time of trial.
Then we come to our focus verse, and in this he declares why. “For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive.” Psalm 86:5a. David here is saying that God is a good God, one who is completely good in every way, from whom every good gift comes from. He is in all ways good, and there is nothing in or about Him that is not good. And when we sin, He is ready to forgive us because of His goodness, and also the love He has for us. And this forgiveness is abundant in loving kindness, to all as the last phrase of this verse states, who call upon Him.
God is always ready to forgive us of the sins we commit. However, we must admit to ourselves that we have sinned, and then we must go to Him and confess what we have done. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. If we do not admit to ourselves that we have sinned against God, than we will not be serious in confessing our sins, or we may not even go to Him at all. And according to John, we must confess the sins we commit. Our relationship will be damaged if we do not confess a sin we know we have committed and ask Him to forgive us. And we, as Christians, are forgiven because He is our advocate before the Father. “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;” 1 John 2:1. Forgiveness is ours because of the work of Christ. By keeping His commands, we show our love to Him. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15. And additionally, He and the Father will abide with us. “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23.
Our love for God will be apparent because of the relationship we have with Him. Do we go to Him only when we need something, or do we strive for continuous fellowship? Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing;” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. We are dependent on Him in all things, therefore we should always be ready to hear from Him, as well as speak to Him. He is always there for us when we call on Him. Let us always be there for Him when He reaches out to us.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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