The Forgiver

religious-2144550_960_720Psalm 130: 1-5

Out of the depths I have cried to you, Yahweh.
Lord, hear my voice.
    Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my petitions.
If you, Yah, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
    therefore you are feared.
I wait for Yahweh.
    My soul waits.
    I hope in his word.


God has revealed His mercy and love to us through Jesus.  In Jesus, in faith in the righteousness of Jesus and the acceptability of His great merciful exchange, is hope.  This is where our hope must be centered.  Our hope cannot be centered in our own goodness, our own sinless life, sinless day, or sinless minute, this is not attainable anyway.   If you, Yah, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?  We cannot stand for a minute in any supposed righteousness of our own.  We must trust in a mercy that pardons, that covers our ongoing sin.  We must and for our own peace of mind, trust God the Forgiver.  He has gone to such lengths to provide this covering, this passover for our Sin.  God has mercifully and graciously provided for us a covering to rest under, a covering by which to approach and come to Him under.

True fear of God, is birthed out of a well grounded hope in His forgiveness.  A fear of God, unaware of the forgiving, merciful and good character of God, does not work.  Without a true fear, in the true God,  Sin becomes unconquerable.  Sin will become the end all be all of our faith.  Our faith will become dominated and ruled by a preoccupation and over dwelling on sin.  We will become more aware of sin, than of our Savior, more aware of sin than mercy.  We will find ourselves trapped by sin.  Kept away from Jesus by our sin.  We will become sin searchers, searching for sin in others, condemning others as we choose condemnation rather than the mercy, graciousness and forgiveness of God.

Sin is not the end all be all of our faith.  The glory of God, is His forgiveness, His mercy, His love, revealed most brilliantly, in Jesus, God and man.  The glory of God is in the His character and goodness, not in ours.  We being proud, self-centered, and self-loving creatures want to turn things upside down.  We are very much tempted by our vileness, our humiliation, the fallen state of our human nature to distrust God.  We must deal with our own sin, we must clean ourselves up, we must confess every known sin, we must work for our own freedom from sin.  We must have a greater part in our salvation than God himself does, then come to God.  This only leads to more sin and worse sin.  If we distrust our God, and His way for reconciliation with him, we will not love Him.  Not loving and knowing God, we will not love others.  We are guilty of greater sins when seeking through condemnation, no matter how moral our lives may seem to ourselves or others.

But there is forgiveness with you, therefore you are feared.  This is our well anchored hope.  There is forgiveness with God, there is forgiveness in Jesus.  As we come to God, as sons, daughters, friends, and loved ones confident in our covering, our infinitely costly covering, our sin will be lessened correctly.  We will sin less, as we are relating to God rightly.  We will love God the Father, as we know Him, as a merciful, loving and gracious Father who provides for us.  He provides for us our greatest needs.  We will be more gracious to others in their sin, for our faith is placed above our sin.  Our faith is placed  in the mercy, grace, and love of God that superabounds our sin.  

 I wait for Yahweh.  My soul waits.  I hope in his word.  We must constantly remind ourselves of the good news of the gospel of Christ.  The good news can so quickly turn into bad news, when we are not thinking correctly.  We are so forgetful and easily moved from our sure hope, to a faulty hope.  We must go again, and again to the word, to remind us of the super abounding goodness of God revealed in Jesus.  The super abounding hope that surpasses our own daily experience.  Wait for this hope to have fruition in our lives, through the work of God, the keeping of Jesus, the gracious and gentle working of His Spirit. 

Paul M.