When we repent, God casts our sins into the depths of the seas; as far away as the east is from the west, God removes our transgressions from us. The God who could say of that of sinful David, is the same God who counts us as sinless for Christ’s sake, when we trust in the Saviour.
The people in Jesus’ time thought that only people of their “church” – the Jewish religion – would be saved. They thought that the grace of God was only for people like themselves. But Jesus told them that the people who thought they were in, were out and that the people who thought they were left out, were invited in!
About forgetting. About remembering. Why would the Lord tell us not to forget His works? Why would He tell us to remember them? That’s what He does in the verses above, right? And that’s not all! He through the psalmist shows us the Israelites after all the amazingly wonderful things the Lord had done for them forgot. Not just what He had done. They forgot Him. They reaped the rewards of God’s astoundingly awesome goodness and then neglected to glorify Him as Lord and continue to acknowledge His goodness.
I was feeling a little down. A little discouraged. A little frustrated. Definitely tired. Very homesick. 14.5 hours away from my parents whom I dearly missed. A long day. Not too productive. Not like I wanted to be anyway. Ate too much. Yuck. A long history of anorexia, now so much weight gain. I plunked down on my bed to get to my laptop to do some administrative work – something I like as much as kids love spinach and liver. That’s when it dawned on me. I needed a THANK YOU BREAK.
Friend, there is a difference between solitude as directed by the Lord for His purpose and isolating ourselves from others and most importantly from Him. The Lord created us above all else to love and worship and honor and serve Him with all our hearts forever and to love others as ourselves. Our greatest love and intimacy is to be with God almighty through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And our second greatest love and intimacy is to be in relationship with our fellow humans. There is a time and purpose for us to spend time on our own, but never in disobedience to Christ. And never apart from Christ.
The Spirit of Christ put three words on my heart one day. Not just words. Must-have’s. Necessities. Vitally important ingredients to a forever relationship with God. Exceedingly important aspects of having a close, intimate, ever-growing personal relationship with Christ as Lord. Key elements of being God’s kids. Of being on the highway to heaven instead of the pathway to hell and the lake of fire. Fundamental components of living a life pleasing and honoring to God. Absolute necessities in receiving rewards in heaven for how we who follow Jesus have lived on this earth.