Have you ever held a grudge against someone who hurt or offended you? I’m going to be transparent here. In the natural I am quite capable of keeping records of other people’s transgressions. I can hold grudges. It’s a very ugly side to my personality and I am trying to be more forgiving. But the truth is, it’s kind of in our nature to stay angry and hold onto our hurts. Maybe you can identify.
We see it with some of the people in the Bible. Cain killed his brother Abel. Esau plotted revenge against his brother Jacob for stealing the blessing. The ten brothers sold Joseph as a slave to the Ishmaelites out of jealousy and spite. As I said, it’s ugly.
But this psalm reminds us of God’s heart, His ability to forgive and forget.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” Psalm 130:1-4
Of course, God knows every one of our sins, but when we cry to Him for forgiveness, for mercy, for His grace found in Christ Jesus, the record is wiped clean. The sin is gone and never held against us again. Every day of our lives is a do-over with a clean slate.
Then, like the psalmist, we declare that, with reverence, we will serve our great God.
Such joy is ours, Lord, that in you, our sins are gone, clean, washed away, never to be remembered again.