Forgiveness is …

“Forgiveness is essentially God’s way of removing the great obstacle to our fellowship with Him. By canceling our sin and paying for it with the death of His own Son, God opens the way for us to see Him and know Him and enjoy Him forever. Seeing and savoring Him is the goal of forgiveness. Soul-satisfying fellowship with our Father is the aim of the cross. If we love being forgiven for other reasons alone, we are not forgiven, and we will waste our lives.”
― from “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.

Isaiah 44:6-8

Isaiah 44:6-8

“6) “Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First, and I am the Last, and besides Me there is no God.
7) And who, as I, shall call and shall declare it, and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show unto them.
8) Fear ye not, neither be afraid. Have not I told thee from that time and have declared it? Ye are even My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Yea, there is no God. I know not any.””

Psalm 88 (Psalm Sunday, Week 36)

Psalm Sunday
Week 36

Psalm 88
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before Thee.
2) Let my prayer come before Thee; incline Thine ear unto my cry.
3) For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
4) I am counted with them that go down into the pit; I am as a man that hath no strength,
5) cast among the dead like the slain that lie in the grave, whom Thou rememberest no more, and who are cut off from Thy hand.
6) Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
7) Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and Thou hast afflicted me with all Thy waves. Selah
8) Thou hast put away mine acquaintances far from me; Thou hast made me an abomination unto them. I am shut up, and I cannot come forth;
9) mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction. Lord, I have called daily upon Thee; I have stretched out my hands unto Thee.
10) Wilt Thou show wonders to the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise Thee? Selah
11) Shall Thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Thy faithfulness in destruction?
12) Shall Thy wonders be known in the dark? And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13) But unto Thee have I cried, O Lord, and in the morning shall my prayer come before Thee.
14) Lord, why castest Thou off my soul? Why hidest Thou Thy face from me?
15) I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up; while I suffer Thy terrors I am distraught.
16) Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; Thy terrors have cut me off.
17) They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
18) Lover and friend hast Thou put far from me, and mine acquaintances into darkness.”

Isaiah 42:10-12

Isaiah 42:10-12

“10) Sing unto the Lord a new song and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea and all that is therein, the isles and the inhabitants thereof.
11) Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit. Let the inhabitants of the rock sing; let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12) Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands.”