1 Ch 10-11; Rev 11-12; Psalm 51
Psalm 51 is the opening prayer of the morning office of the Orthodox Church. It reminds us first thing in the morning that we are sinners in need of Grace. It is as good a way to wake as any, in at least three regards. Firstly it places God at the heart of all things. ‘Against you and you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight’.
Remembering that the context of this Psalm is David’s theft of Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah, this might seem a little odd. We are all too focussed on those we can see as opposed to the one we cannot see. We fear the consequences of sin in terms of people being angry with us and more, rather than the devastation it does to our relationship with God.
Secondly it reminds us that God’s grace is always forthcoming to those who repent – literally turn around, and face him. For unlike those who might seek at least a tooth for a tooth, and humans are poor judges of justice, and worse of mercy, he wears a smiling face and loves to see us return.
Before we are half done with this prayer – he is running to meet us. Perhaps THE reason to pray it . . .