A Time of Favor
But as for me, LORD, my prayer to You is for a time of favor. In Your abundant, faithful love, God, answer me with Your sure salvation.
David knew he had enemies who did not wish him well. They even ridiculed him and made fun of him. Instead of asking for revenge, he asked God for favor. While others did not approve of him, He asked for God to show His approval of him.
David also acknowledged his own sin before God. Much of the shame he encountered was from his own foolishness, but he still asked God for a time of favor. His desire was not to continue in sin but to overcome it. Unless God forgave him and approved of him, he would never overcome his own shame and would eventually turn to sin again. David needed grace, and so do we.
If you have blown it in life and have come to see the folly of your own way, now is the time to ask for God’s favor. When you feel the shame and rebuke from the world, your only hope to overcome the sin that led you to your lowly condition is the forgiveness and grace of God. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He proved to the world that He accepted His sacrifice and forgave our sin. The resurrection was God’s favor and acceptance upon Jesus, and it is the hope we have in overcoming sin in our lives. What we need is not to pay back what we’ve done because Jesus did that on the cross. What we need is a realization that the debt is already paid, and we are highly favored in God’s eyes.
Ask God for a time of favor today. Stop carrying around the shame of past mistakes, and begin to walk in the newness of the abundant life Christ died to give you. Your debt has already been paid, so believe God for favor to live according to His wonderful plan for you. His abundant and faithful love is with you.
Have a blessed day!