Today’s readings from Psalm 12 and Romans 3 are an interesting pairing. David’s complaint in Psalm 12 concerns the evil that is spewing out of the wicked. Their actions are full of violence against the poor; their hearts are full of deceit; their speech is full of flattery. We can hear our hearts in agreement with David: “Help! Squash them, God! Give them what they deserve!” But then we read through Romans 3:10-18 and the mirror reflects back at us. That pride? That lying tongue? That murderous heart? Hmm… yeah, that’s us as well. You and I will never be perfect by keeping the requirements of the law.
Such is the beauty of the gospel. In it we see perfect Justice, Righteousness and Grace meeting in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Justice and righteousness, because the requirements of sin are met in Jesus’ sacrifice. Grace, because we are declared right in God’s sight when we believe in Jesus. This is true of everyone who comes to Him, regardless of where we come from.
Take some time today to thank God for His indescribable gift of grace!