I decided to consider this Psalm this morning after seeing Missie's Word Filled Wednesday post at Thirsty. I'm so glad that God doesn't keep a record of our sins. If He did, where would we be?
If you, Lord, kept a record of sin, Lord, who could stand?
I know that I definitely couldn't stand under that heavy weight. When I think about Jesus and the cross He carried for me, you, and the entire world, I'm without words to adequately express my thankfulness and my joy. Jesus was able to stand under the weight of the sin of the world. I'm thankful that He came that I might have abundant life (John 10:10). Like most people, I've done things that I'm not proud of. In fact, when I think of those things today, I find it hard to believe that I allowed myself to be manipulated by Satan. It's strange to me how Satan can convince a person that right is wrong and wrong is right. It amazes me how you can know that you’re doing something wrong but rationalize it away. I'm thankful for growth in Christ that gives me understanding and discernment that only comes from maturity. I'm thankful that I don't have to carry the heavy weight of sin because Christ has promised to carry my burdens. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).
But with you there is forgiveness...
God loved us so much that He sent us Jesus. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Our Lord and Savior forgives us of our sins and allows us to be in right relationship with Him. Think about His capacity for forgiveness. When He was being crucified, "Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). I wonder if any of us have that much forgiveness in us. God forgives us of everything and anything we've done as long as we humble ourselves and repent of our sin. What a joy to know that I am a child of the Most High God and I've been saved by His grace. I've been redeemed by the blood.
…So that we can, with reverence, serve you.
So we can't just accept this saving grace and the forgiveness that comes along with it and do absolutely nothing. God has given each one of us a charge. I call it purpose. God has given each one of us a purpose and detailed the plans for our lives. We've been saved and are now in the perfect position to do something to build the kingdom. All of us have a responsibility to be a living testimony of God's goodness and favor. We all have a responsibility to be of useful service.