Okay now just chill out. I am fully aware that I was in the midst of a three part post and I did not finish. I have a myriad of excuses, any of which will suit me just fine my celebrated readers. I went to Honduras with the seniors from Prince Ave. Christian School. Fantastic week. Thanks to all involved. Beverly and I moved to a new place. Hurrah. Out of the apartment into the house. Out of Managua and into the country. Now we have internet issues. So, a short post today and I will finish the Deuteronomy post …someday.
I know I couldn’t.
That’s the answer to the question contained within Psalm 130:3. Here it is:
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
And, no, you couldn’t either. No one could. If the Lord, kept a record of our sin and held it against us, no one would be able to stand before Him. That’s what makes our salvation so unbelievably wonderful. God did mark our sins-in Christ. He took all of our sin and judged them in Christ Jesus, our sin bearer.
Instead of measuring us according to our sin, the Lord offers forgiveness so that we are fully accepted in Christ. See, verse 4:
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
When we really comprehend the full weight of our sin and its consequence, that we cannot stand before God on our own; then we grasp, by His grace, that He forgives us fully in Christ and allows us to stand, in fact, sets us in a right relationship with Himself, doesn’t that inevitably lead to fear – respect, reverence, love, value, submission to/for Him?
When you contemplate your standing with God, does it lead you to cry out with deep gratitude, love, and reverence to the One who has chosen you and given you a relationship you do not deserve but nevertheless have, because of His choice, His grace, His sacrifice, and His love?
Oh, if it were up to me, I would not, I could not, stand (you almost thought of Dr. Seuss there didn’t you?) The song writer wrote:
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
Praise Him indeed. Revere Him. Rejoice in Him and Him alone.