Some Nights … A Devotional on Forgiveness
This isn’t going to be your typical devotional about forgiveness. You have been forewarned. It is clear in scripture that we are to forgive others that have wronged us. That is a given. However, this devotional is going to be focused on the person that we seem so reluctant to forgive. Ourselves.
Some nights, you pray for forgiveness, you seek the Lord’s face in favor, you vow to change your actions by the power given only by the Holy Spirit and you sleep. Other nights, it seems that the world comes crashing in on you (in your mind and on your heart). You beat yourself up, you pray for forgiveness, you beg for the power and will to change and never fully trust that God has truly forgiven those sins.
When David cried out for forgiveness in Psalm 130, he didn’t fret over not being forgiven. He truly turned the sin over to God and trusted that God would forgive him. This is how our prayers for forgiveness should be, truly focused on God and His work thru Christ Jesus our Lord.
A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
There is a statement in here that I couldn’t shake when I read it. “4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” Did you realize that when you hold on to your sin and don’t forgive yourself, you are not able to serve the Lord as you should? It may seem like we go thru our daily life the same, but we don’t. We are affected by this reluctance to forgive ourselves. Let us all pray as David did and truly trust that God has and will forgive. It is His word, after all, and what better to put our hope in, than Him and His word.