Hi, this is Daniel from ForgivenFully.com, sharing with you the exclamation point of God’s forgiveness.
Are you familiar with King David from the Bible? In one of his most famous psalms he wrote, “O LORD, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) David was thankful that God had forgiven his sins, and he wanted nothing more than to praise God for it. You see, David had committed adultery; he took another man’s wife. He tried to cover up the affair, and when that didn’t work, he had the man killed. David then lived a lie for many months, but eventually he confessed his guilt and asked for God’s forgiveness. But would God really forgive a lying, adulterous, murderer?
David confessed, “Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.” (Psalm 51:4) Here we see that the seriousness of sin is who it is against. For example, if our cameraman Scott comes up here and pops me in the face, well, that’s not good, but it’s not very newsworthy. But if I’m a police officer and Scott pops me in the face, that might make the local news. And if I am the president, and Scott even tries to pop me in the face, now that’s national news. …The seriousness of sin is who it is against. And we have sinned against God! We may not be adulterers and murders like David, but God sees and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, the lust and hate of our hearts, by the same perfect standard that He judges the actions. Will God really forgive us?
David prayed, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1) But how do we know that God really answers this plea from David…or from us? Look to the cross of Jesus and you see the great mercy and compassion of our God – great mercy and compassion from the very One we have sinned against. Look to the empty tomb of our risen Savior, Jesus, and you see the unfailing love of our God. So much greater than a presidential pardon, this is the grace of God! And it means that our sins are permanently blotted out of God’s record, and we stand forgiven fully in Jesus. This exclamation point of God’s forgiveness opens our lips to praise Him!
Thank you for your time, and may God bless you with what you heard here today at ForgivenFully.com.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.