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If You, LORD, Should Mark Iniquities

October 25, 2019

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If You, LORD,  Should Mark Iniquities

We know God as our Creator,  Redeemer,  Heavenly Father,  Savior,  and Judge.      Whoops!     Is that right?     Yes, it most certainly is.     Many people like to forget about the fact  that the LORD God Almighty is our Judge.     We would much rather only dwell on the fact that God is our Good Shepherd,  King,  Defender,  Rock,  and all the other descriptions  that emphasize His loving care for us.

So, why do people only want to think about God’s loving faithfulness towards us all?     It’s because we are all despicable sinners well deserving eternal judgment,  and there’s no getting around that.     But, we want to hide  our sins and forget that they exist  —  all while hoping that nobody else,  and especially God,  will remember our sins.

But, there is something unique  and very special about God being our Judge.     We owe our Creator ever so much love,  respect  and honor for the way He deals with us sinners.     God knows our every thought,  feeling,  and intent, so we can’t hide anything from Him.     But, His love is so very different  from the way sinful people love.     God’s love is holy and pure.     It’s not tainted  with any sort of selfishness.

God’s wisdom  in dealing with us makes Him judge us with a holy righteousness and understanding.     That is why the writer of Psalm 130  was able to sing this Psalm from his heart.     He sang,

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Like this psalmist,  we too,  can “wait for the Lord”  and put our “hope in the LORD”,  knowing that He is merciful and most willing to redeem us  from all our sins.     Knowing this,  we can humbly confess our sins  to our LORD  and ask for His forgiveness.     To not do so,  brings upon us a condemning judgment,  because that would be despising God’s eternal,  sacrificial love in Christ Jesus.     Let us never deny Jesus the thankful hearts  that we owe Him.

Free from the burden of our sins,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You ever so much  for the blessedness of Your love and forgiveness.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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