Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 128-130
Key verses: Psalm 130:3-4
“If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”
We live in a world that likes to keep score.
Think about it. How many times, each and every day, do you see some article; or watch something on TV; or catch a blip on the internet; or hear someday say something about “who” did “what”?
I don’t mean just a mere reporting of news – I mean the ongoing tally of who is right or wrong and whether something is “fair” or not.
I can remember the feeling…being small and having some sense of “injustice” – justified or not – and wanting to scream “THAT’S NOT FAIR!”
And just look at what a worldwide industry the legal system has become. Some days it seems like everybody wants to sue somebody for something. Again, justified or not.
Contrast this with the picture the Psalmist paints of God.
God is, on the one hand, holy and just – and certainly doesn’t turn a blind eye to true right and wrong.
But, somehow, God is also the One who is so gracious and loving that, once sin is acknowledged – there is a way out – a way that keeps no record of wrong.
It’s not that God doesn’t care; keeping no “record” because everything is relative. No, it’s that God loves so deeply that even though there are real consequences to sin; so there is true redemption and forgiveness when sincerely desired.
It’s about balance – holiness and justice on one side – mercy and forgiveness on the other.
Our world likes to keep score.
Our God prefers to offer mercy.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your justice – and your mercy. AMEN.