As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12, Holy Bible, New King James Version)
Transgression is synonymous with disobedience, misbehavior, wrongdoings, offenses, and indiscretions. Most of us try to forget unpleasant events that hint at transgressions. The Psalmist could have measured the distance to the sun or the moon, but seeing them would remind us of our sins. Instead, he speaks symbolically with the greatest distance he can imagine, from east to west, so far that our past sins are invisible.
Apostle Paul makes an even stronger statement of how God, the great forgiver, sees our past.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12, NKJV)
Now that’s complete forgiveness.
Prayer: Lord, when I remember my transgressions before Your forgiveness, I rejoice that You do not. Amen.
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD! (Psalm 70:1, Holy Bible, New King James Version)
My prayers often mimic the psalmist’s plea. I speak the modern words for “make haste,” and say, “Hurry, hurry, hurry.” I wait, but nothing happens. Then the situation gets worse. “Don’t You care, God?” are my next prayers. The Scriptures answer me.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31, King James Version)
I will trust in God and wait. Waiting will make me strong.
Prayer: Eternal God, I will trust in You, and wait. Amen.
I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (Psalm 9:1, Holy Bible, New King James Version) Bible scholars say King David offered this psalm to God after the death of his and Bathsheba’s son. At a time when some might question God or be angry because of circumstances, David praised with his whole heart. He went further saying he would share God’s marvelous works with others. He didn’t question why his child wasn’t healed. He didn’t blame God. He decided that circumstances would not affect his trust in God. Can…