“Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: so you are right in your verdict, and justified when you judge.” (Ps 50/51:4)

King David composed this famous Psalm (“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy…”) after committing adultery and murder, - the two sins, one would think, that most directly violate another human being. And yet he says to God, “Against you, you only, have I sinned…”

This is because ultimately, only God’s righteous judgment can properly assess “sin” and its gravity. It is ultimately only God, as lawgiver, Who can “see” where and how I transgress His law, and only His grace allows me to “see” as He does. Human opinion, on the other hand, my own and that of others, is capable of looking upon sin with pleasure, or distorting its gravity, or labeling something a “sin,” which God doesn’t see as “sin” at all. And I can easily be distracted from my actual “sin,” by focusing on something external, which isn’t an issue for God.

Today let me be open to “seeing” as God does, “according to His great mercy,” by humbly asking for this gift in prayer.


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