I received this devotional, Daily Light, from a good friend this past Christmas- I love it because it is straight scripture. I was so blessed and encouraged by this morning's reading that I just had to share it with you.
"I am very dark, but lovely." -Song of Solomon 1:5
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." —"And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God."
"I am a sinful man, O Lord." —"Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful!"
"I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."— "You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you."
"When I want to do right, evil lies close at hand."— "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."
"For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh." —"And you have been filled in him."—"Mature in Christ."
"You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." —"That you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
Song 1:5; Ps. 51:5; Ezek. 16:14; Luke 5:8; Song 4:1; Job 42:6; Song 4:7; Rom. 7:21; Matt. 9:2; Rom. 7:18; Col. 2:10; Col. 1:28; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Pet. 2:9
I love the call and response of this devotional- how the sinner (me!) cries out to God, lamenting his sinfulness, but God only sees a perfect and forgiven woman who is covered in His Son's righteousness.
What undeserved and unfathomable grace!