Loved

Read Psalms 106:6-12

“We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. 7 When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. 8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. 9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert. 10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. 11 The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. 12 Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.”

This section of the Psalm paints such a beautiful picture of God’s grace. Every Sunday in worship at our church we have a time of confession as part of our liturgy. It is in the form of a short prayer where we admit the ways we have fallen short and ask for forgiveness. One of my favorite parts of our service follows. I get to stand up every Sunday and declare to the congregation that, “We are God’s forgiven people, not by anything we could ever do ourselves, but by what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross”. What is interesting, however, is how often people will ask me, “Is that right?” For some people it is exceptionally difficult to understand that God offers us all that he has and all that he is simple because he loves us… Not because we have something to offer in return or because we accomplished enough. We are loved PERIOD! The Psalmist understood and proclaimed this in this brief retelling of the “family history” of Israel and today I invite you to join me in proclaiming this same good news with your life!

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