PSALM 130:3-4: “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Does God keep score (of our sins)? Does He remember and rehearse all of our past sins? This is an important question to ponder. This is exactly what we do. When we fail in some area of our lives we immediately rehearse all the previous times that we have failed. As we rehearse these in our minds, if we forget anything, we have an enemy of our souls who will gladly be there to offer assistance in remembering. When we go over and over these failures our logical conclusion is – “How can God still love me?” “How can God still use me?” And the insidious whisper from hell is – “He can’t!”
What a wonderful truth, what a wonderful promise – GOD DOES NOT MARK OUR INIQUITIES! HE FORGIVES THEM! The Scriptures are clear on this fact.
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (ESV)
This is a difficult truth to wrap our minds around. If God is all knowing, then how can He not remember all of our sins? The simple answer is – He alone is God! What is impossible with man is possible with God. And praise the Lord that it is! If this were not true, as the Psalmist declares – “…then who could stand!” If our sins were not pardoned, if they were not removed, if they were not forgotten, then we would all be undone. Yet, this is exactly what God does through His infinite Grace and through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. By grace through faith in Jesus Christ – HE REMOVES OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US! When we are forgiven – we are forgiven. When we sin – God does not pull out an accumulating list to add another to it.
This truth is not a license then to sin. It is a sobering and humbling truth. The Psalmist declares – “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” The realization of this GREAT GRACE should bring us to our knees in humility, should lift our hearts in gratitude, and should empower our hearts to obey. This is what the Apostle John writes in his first epistle.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (I John 1:7-10 ESV)
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2 ESV)
Lord, this morning I ask you to forgive me for holding on to the list of the things that You have removed and forgotten. Give me the grace and strength to come to You when I fail, to receive Your full forgiveness and cleansing, to be empowered by Your Spirit to walk anew in obedience to Your Word, and to keep my sins and failures buried with Christ. I confess this morning the awesome truth – “I am crucified with Christ, yet I live!” Let me live, not in the shadows of regrets and past sins – but in the power of the faith of my Lord Jesus Christ! Thank You for Your Great Love and Grace! In Jesus Name!