If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” (Psalm 130:3–4, ESV)

The word that we translate “should mark” here is a Hebrew word that means “to keep, guard, or watch.”  I picture it as God having a pen and a ledger and every time we sin he notes it down carefully in his ledger so that there is a record of all of our wrongs that he can refer to when he needs to deal with us.  Thankfully, this is not what God does.  The psalmist writes, If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities [which thankfully you do not] who could stand? [No one, obviously]. The Good News Bible translates this verse:“If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned?” (Psalm 130:3, GNB)

Who indeed?

In contrast to a deity who marks down our offenses so that he can hold them over our heads at an appropriate moment, Our God is a God of forgiveness. Stop for a minute and absorb this truth because we hear it so often we are prone to pass by it quickly.  There is forgiveness with Our God.  No pulling out the ledger and reminding us of all the terrible things that we have done.  No calling in witnesses to prove the same.  Just forgiveness.  This is the opposite of a ledger.  This is pardon.  This is the setting aside of wrong-doing.  This is amazing, unexpected, and inconceivable.  This is Our God.

 

Advertisements