The Old Testament repeatedly breaks out in poetry. Even it’s narratives are graced here, and there, with a couplet, or so, to make a memorable point. While the books of Job and Proverbs are poetic, the Psalms are the main body of poetry in Scripture. The older I grow, the more I love the Psalms.
I was reading the 32nd Psalm this evening. This Psalm speaks of the joy of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the most wonderful thing. To be forgiven means that our sins have been pardoned, exonerated, wiped clean. They are no more. As people, we forgive, but we still can remember the offense. There are times when they may be brought back up, and maybe even used against us. This is not so with God’s forgiveness.
God says “I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isa. 43:25. David in Psalm 103 says, “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.
There are so many great passages in Scripture that guarantee our forgiveness. But the most powerful 3 words ever uttered were by Jesus, as He hung on the cross. “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30
Jesus wasn’t informing us that His life was about over. He didn’t cry out these words because of the pain and anguish that He suffered. Jesus uttered these words because God forgives sin only by of the death of Christ. God could forgive people in no other way than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted as Savior because of His death. There is no forgiveness just because Of His love. His love for us is the reason that He died for us. We are forgiven only by His death. He was born to die. When He cried out ” it is finished” He was speaking of the payment for sin. The final payment for the penalties of sin were paid, for all that put their faith and hope in Him.
What a life transforming thing to know that you are truly forgiven. Forever! What a Savior we have in Christ. Rejoice in Him today.