Psalm 38:1. Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
This psalm is the cry of a heart for the mercy of God. In order to obtain mercy we need to repent. Repent is a powerful word that tends to carry a stigma with it. This was never the intent of our loving Father. In fact, repentance is a gift from God to those of us that need forgiveness and mercy.
The word, repent, means to change our mind or direction. I often repent (change direction) when I am driving. I have a terrible sense of direction that can lead to some very interesting places. When I realize that I am not where I need to be I "repent". I usually ask God to help me and profess those who are the sons of God are led by the spirit of God! So God, help me! It is interesting how the Lord will lead, but in the process I have repented! I change direction and go the other way.
We see this process happening in the story of the prodigal son. Luke 15:11-32 the son squanders his inheritance on wild living but then comes to his senses. In doing so he repents. His conclusion is I will go back to my Fathers house. He then gets up and turns around and goes in the opposite direction. He returns to his father’s house.
As our lives are being transformed into the image of Christ we may need to change some of our thinking and ultimately our lives. When we do we repent. Hebrews 4:16 says, ‘we can come boldly into the throne of grace and we will receive mercy and grace in our time of need’. God is there to give us what we need to turn our lives around.
Prayer: “Father I thank you that you give to me the gift of repentance. I ask you for mercy and grace to help me in every area of my life that I need to change. In Jesus name, amen!”