I did it again. I said I wouldn’t. I swore I wouldn’t. I promised that I wouldn’t but I did. I did it again.
If God is just a stern bookkeeper ticking a box every time I sin and clucking his tongue, shaking his head sadly as he gazes down at me across the void of time and space, arms crossed and a sad but stern look on his face, then I am sunk. I am done. Sin wins. I am out.
But hang on. Maybe God isn’t like that. Maybe God is instead a loving father. Maybe he cares about me. Maybe he even loves me. Maybe he forgives my sin and once they are forgiven forgets my transgressions.
What evidence do I have of that. There is much but today I read Psalm 130 and found more evidence of a loving, merciful and forgiving God.
“From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer.
Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.
O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin.
Psalm 130:1-8 – NLT
We can put ourselves into this psalm.
O (our name here)hope in the Lord.
He himself will redeem (our name here) from every kind of sin.
It’s been done. Jesus’ death on the cross was the payment for our sin. His resurrection was the sign that he is God’s son and that he has won the victory over sin and death.
The apostle John records this about that.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 – NLT
A new relationship with a loving God is a prayer away.