Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Divine Forgiveness

"I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout, you lower parts of the earth; break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and glorified Himself in Israel." -Isaiah 44:22-23

God is merciful to His people. Israel had turned form the Lord to serve other gods countless times, yet God still was merciful to them. He blotted out the thick cloud of their transgressions and sins. I can imagine a great cosmic accounting page with all the sins of Israel on it. God blotted them all out. Paid in full. God had redeemed His people.

We are not much different from Israel. Here we sit, 2500 years after these words were penned, experiencing the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. God has blotted out our sins, cast them into the depths of the sea. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us. God has purchased us with the blood of Christ. To God be all the glory for his mercy! We can do nothing to deserve His divine forgiveness.

There is no more fitting response than to praise the Lord. Praise Him with singing! The Lord has redeemed His people. "Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities..." -Psalm 103:1-3

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