This Psalm reflects something we sinful humans far too often fail to do – give credit where credit is due. We simply expect that people will do their jobs and fulfill their tasks. We want our cars to run, our airplanes to fly, and our kids to behave. We want our government to protect our borders, build and maintain our roads, and lower our taxes. We want our football and basketball and baseball teams to win. Our lists, whatever they contain and whoever draws them up, are as varied and as numerous as we are.
King David, in this Psalm, stated clearly what he expected from God: holiness, grace, and righteousness. He also experienced God’s mercy and grace. He knew God’s forgiveness.
In Jesus Christ, so do we. What King David wrote we experienced! At the foot of the cross, before the empty tomb, in the now empty ascension sky we experience the fullness of God’s love for sinners like ourselves. God does not deal with us according to our iniquities, He will not repay us according to our sins. Instead, He lay on Jesus Christ the iniquities of all people so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but receive forgiveness and everlasting life.
King David had it right! “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
We pray: Lord God, Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our trespasses.” For His cross-bought forgiveness and tomb-emptying victory grant us that forgiveness because He did things well! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.