Forgiveness of Sin
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

“Praise the Lord, O my soul;all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins . . .”  (Ps. 103:1)

Have you ever, in the secret corners of your heart, worried whether are not you are truly saved?  Sure, the world around you is sure you are.  You do all the right things, your language is respectable, you attend to the necessary disciplines of worship, prayer, and Bible study, and you were baptised.  But, the world can’t see inside your heart.  They can’t see the dark corners which contain prejudice, pride, bitterness, arrogance, or unforgiveness.  And sometimes you worry because these dark corners begin to get exposed in the light of day.  You mistreat a cashier.  You say something hurtful  to a family member or friend.  Your desire to get someplace on time exceeds your desire to be a law abiding citizen.  Maybe even you contemplate taking a brother or sister to court because you didn’t get your way.  And all along this pathway of daily life, you pause and reflect of how far away you are from God.  If you don’t have these secret worries about your salvation, congratulations.  I do!

                It is at times like these that God reminds me of His gracious words given to me throughout Scripture.  Today is was the 103rd Psalm.  There have been events in my life that have caused me to be exceedingly angry at people’s lies.  I have spent the last several years trying to grow in Christ, to be a model of integrity, and to display the character of God, and then someone tells outlandish lies about me.  What they say, I cannot control, but how I respond should be far more godly.  But there raises the ugly hydra of sin.  Anger boils, sleep evades, and bitterness grows.  And then I think, could someone who thinks such thoughts, who entertains such feelings, “Can they truly be saved?”  Can I truly be saved.

                Then God gives me His beautiful Words.  “[The Lord] does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our inequities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Ps. 102:10-12)  Imagine a love so great that takes the vileness and blackness of our hearts and cast them away as far as the east is from the west. (That is at least 12,500 miles by my calculations)  A Father who loves us infinitely more than our sins deserve, not only forgives those sins, but He remembers them no more. Wow!

                The blackness gets a little lighter, the hardness of my heart begins to soften, and best of all my salvation, which I worried about only yesterday, felt secure. “But from everlasting to everlasting [that’s a long time] the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him.” (17)  So this morning join me in my prayers before my God – “Praise the Lord, O my soul.” (22)

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