Let me not defend my heart (it’s deceitful) nor my motives…for do not my motives spring from the deceitful intents of my heart?
Let me not defend my speech, for with it I have blessed God but also cursed men. Let me not defend my actions, for they have been swift to wage war. The wrath of man works not Your righteousness, yet wrath has been a precious idol of mine, a right to which I cling with a natural bent. Ruin and misery have been markers along the highway of my life.
Let my mouth be silenced, and let me say with the prophet, “Woe is me, for I am undone… doomed, ruined and lost… a man of unclean lips.” In myself, and apart from You, I am held guilty and accountable to You.
It is impossible for me to declare myself righteous in Your sight, oh God, by observing Your Law, whether that law is written in your Word or written in my conscience. There is no one who does good… not even one… and certainly not me.
Your Word strips away all my defense.
But God, because of His great mercy, and because of His great love with which He loved me, even though I was ruined, dead and doomed, has made me alive in Christ… it is by grace (wonderful amazing grace!) that I have been rescued, redeemed… saved.
Now a righteousness (Yours!) has come to me through faith in Jesus Christ. I am declared just and holy, freely by Your grace. Your righteousness credited to me…. how can this be?
It is because You, oh Father God, offered up Your Son as an atonement for me. My Savior lived and died in my place, the just for the unjust. The Spotless and Perfect One for the soiled and dirty one… me. Jesus Christ has satisfied the demands of your holiness. He has mediated a NEW covenant… one between Father and Son, and sealed it by the Holy Spirit. As I enter by faith into that covenant, I am crucified with Christ, one with Him, identified with Him. He ever lives to make intercession for me. He is my High Priest and eternal security. He indwells me by Your Holy Spirit.
I am justified by faith, apart from the law… a law I could never keep.
Oh Father, You declare that a person is “justified by faith without (apart from) the deeds of the law.” And again… “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
Through faith that You gave me, You have replaced the fig leaves of my own righteousness with Your righteousness. Blood was shed for this righteousness… the blood of Jesus Christ, God the Son.
To you, oh God my Redeemer, I will sing at the top of my lungs with the Psalmist “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
Father, you love me with a great love. You sought for me. You wanted me. Let this thought comfort me every minute of my life, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love… made me alive together with Christ.”
Father, you said “I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my ‘loved one.'”
I am your loved one.
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”