Tag: forgives sins
Scripture reading for June 23rd: Psalms 98-103
One of the reasons that we praise the Lord is for all He does for us. When we think of the Lord, we remember all His past blessings and from the depths of our being, praise begins to flow toward His throne! These benefits are not just in the past, as a part of history, but also continue on into eternity! They are gifts that keep on giving benefits and blessings. Truly, “the blessing of the Lord brings wealth and He adds no sorrow to it.” (Proverbs 10:22)
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all of His benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” (Psalm 103:2-5)
God’s love gives us what we really need, not just what we think we need. A primary need for a relationship with God is forgiveness of sin, and all men have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Sin brings separation from God. God is holy and cannot look on sin. Sin has a penalty set by God–death and ultimately the pit of hell. (Romans 6:23) (Revelation 2014-15) God in his mercy offers forgiveness of sins by providing His own Son Jesus Christ to bear our sins on the cross. Since the penalty of death was paid by Jesus, we by faith can be forgiven freely and justly! Praise the Lord!
Not only did Jesus Christ redeem us from the penalty of our sins and offer forgiveness, but he also provided for our healing. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” (1st Peter 2:23) That healing is available to all who will humbly receive. Praise the Lord!
As we contemplate these benefits given by God through His love, our inmost being cries out in thanksgiving and worship! But it is not just His benefits, but His glorious presence with us that is most precious! We are being renewed and transformed daily in order to live in that presence for eternity! We will soar with the eagles! “Praise the Lord O My soul, and all that is in me, praise His holy Name! ” (Psalm 103:1)