Glory be to you, heavenly Father, for you are “good and ready to forgive and plenteous in mercy to all who call upon you” (Psalm 86:5).
Psalm 25:11 “For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.”
[What a solid basis for appeal, that your Name be lifted up, glorified and magnified. And this is what happens as you forgive my sin–which is great. I do not know a tenth of it, but you know it all and have provided full, complete, free and effective forgiveness–cleansing and changing me from the inside out.
In Jesus, my record is wiped clean, my past is changed, my future is sure and secure, full of upward movement into ever increasing freedom. This is so because you are good, you are gracious, you are giving, you are great in mercy and love, kindness and generosity. We are undeserving while your love is unending. We are unworthy, but you are unrelentingly gracious. We are unrighteous in ourselves, but your forgiveness in inexhaustible.
Praise be to you, the Great and Glorious God, whose forgiveness flows forever, transforming, teaching and training us to walk in your wonderful way. Today lies before us now, an unknown blank, but you know all that will come and have prepared for us a course to run. You stand ready to lead us into it, walking before us, revealed in your Word, known in your ways, trusted in your goodness.
I praise you for what will come, for how you will protect, for how you will act in wisdom and love to weave all into the fabric of your plan for today, a portion of your plan for eternity. We can trust you, the Great and Mighty Shepherd to lead us on the path of righteousness and bring us safely through to the end today, then on to the end of time and the beginning of eternity.
In the light of your beautiful character, may continual praise flow to you from my life today through trust, thanksgiving and obedience. Amen.