12/11/19: Revelation 2:18-3:6; Psalm 130:1-8; Proverbs 29:21-22
Have ever written notes or instructions on an older “white board” (or if you are my age a chalk-board.) Then once you are finished you erased the writings? Often, no matter how hard you rub or whatever cleanser you use a residue remains & you can still see some of the smudged letters.
Psalm 130: 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.
I sometimes think that our concept of forgiveness is like those older boards. We are forgiven and, yet, in our minds the “smudges” remain and we reflect on what we have done. And Satan can use these thoughts to drive guilt deep within our lives.
But the Psalmist reassures us that if we truly repent the Lord does not reflect on our “smudged letters.” In fact he does not erase a white board — when we are forgiven we start with a brand new one!