“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1).
TODAY’S VERSE TELLS US about two of the most antagonistic realities of human life: the sting of guilt and the joy of forgiveness. As David kept silent, his bones grew old” (Psalm 32:3), but how great was the joy of knowing that his sin had been forgiven completely!
This was very similar to the experience Gordon MacDonald had when he was still a child. He said that one day, he accidentally knocked to the floor a very special ceramic lamp that belonged to his mother. When it fell, the lamp did not break, but cracked. Since no one realized what had happened, Gordon quickly picked it up and put it back in its place, but with the cracked side toward the wall. “No one will notice,” he thought.
However, Gordon could not have peace. As soon as he woke up in the morning, he ran to make sure the crack in the lamp was still hidden. And his heart beat hard every time one of his parents went near the “evidence.” One day, as his mother was dusting the furniture, “the final judgment” arrived.
“Are you the one who did this?” she asked Gordon.
Gordon MacDonald, who is today the author of several bestsellers, said that the blessed lamp, once repaired, continued to give light for many years despite its dramatic fall. It was even stronger precisely at the crack. “God’s grace,” he wrote, ‘is like the glue my mother used. The part that was once broken became stronger than it had been before the fall. Perhaps the best of all,” he said, “was that the matter was never discussed again!”
Is this not a beautiful illustration of how God forgives us? It is true, “cracks” do not disappear as if by magic; but, as someone said, it is through the cracks that light comes in! They remind us that we were once on the ground; but they also tell us about a wonderful God who one day lifted us from the dust, placed our feet on the Rock, and put “a new song” on our lips (Psalm 40:2, 3).
If there is still some unconfessed sin in your life, remember that your heavenly Father is longing to forgive you. He has His arms open wide right now, waiting for His prodigal child. Why keep hiding the sin? Why keep running away?
Thank You, heavenly Father, because the precious blood of Christ cleanses me completely. May the joy of forgiveness flood my heart today and always.