Psalms Help You Get Real – Convicted Convict
Key Bible Verse: Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. – Psalm 51:14
Bonus Reading: Psalm 51:1-4, 7, 9-10
Jason Richards, a prisoner, stumbled onto what the Bible is all about. Here’s the way he describes it:
“I hadn’t been long in my sentence and I was very confused. I was carrying an awful lot of guilt. I was looking for answers. I read a lot. I read Buddhism. I read Islam. I started reading the Bible. And the more I read the Scriptures, the more I became aware of God.
“I didn’t believe in God. I was actually an atheist—or at least I thought I was. But the more I read, the more I came to believe that God existed. And the more I became aware of God, the more I became aware that I was a sinner—and I got more and more desperate.
“Then one night I opened the Bible at the very first psalm. I started reading, and when I got to Psalms 50 and 51, I realized that God would forgive me. I didn’t know [why Psalm 51 had been written] then. But the thing I knew was today’s Key Bible Verse. I knew that God would forgive me. I didn’t know anything about Jesus or the Bible or the Church. I just knew.
“I read all the rest of the psalms on my knees—and almost from that point for me they became psalms of praise. It was like I was beginning to worship, and I didn’t know what worship was!”
—Tom Wright in For All God’s Worth
My Response: I felt a desperate need for forgiveness, and the elation of being set free, when …
Thought to Apply: Saving faith is grasping God with the heart. —source unknown
Adapted from Touchdown Alexander (Harvest, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: Thank You, Lord, for psalms that show how a man after Your own heart approached You. Help me learn from them.