April 1

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1). Every person reading this today has the same root problem. All of us have sinned, and that sin removes the fellowship God desires to have with us. I have heard many people over the years tell me that God will take all of us to Heaven because He loves everyone. While it is true that God loves everyone, He cannot allow us into Heaven with our sin. When I was just a little boy, I realized that my filthy sins could not come with me into Heaven, or Heaven would be just as much trouble as things on earth.

As I read Psalm 32:1, I am so thankful for the perfect payment God made for my sin when He gave His only-begotten Son to die in my place there on the cross. I hate that Jesus was required to suffer for my sin; but I will be eternally grateful that when He arose from the dead, He opened the gates of Heaven to me. The greatest news is that it not only opened the gates of Heaven for me, but for everyone who will place their trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

David wrote of God covering his sin, but I am grateful to know that Jesus not only covered my sin, but He has removed that sin as far as the east is from the west! He took the penalty for my sin; completely satisfying the righteous demand of our holy God; and then rose from the dead – giving the death-sentence to my sin forever and ever! What an incredible thought it is to know that the sin that would block me from my fellowship with God has been removed! I am thrilled to think that the penalty for my sin has been removed, but there is still that nagging sin that plagues me every day.

Later in the same chapter I read, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD: and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.’ Selah” (Psalm 32:5). Even though my sin has been positionally and permanently forgiven, I am still in the process of having my sins forgiven daily. I must recognize that my sin separates me from fellowship with my holy God every day. I need His presence in my life, so I will acknowledge my sin before Him. I will confess that sin (agreeing with Him that is it an offense to a holy God).

Once this process has taken place, my God takes care of the rest. You see, He is faithful … He is just … He forgives all my sin and cleanses me from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9)! We serve an incredible God! It is such a comfort to know that the One Who forgives, is the One I have offended with my sin. What an incredible feeling, knowing that my sins are forgiven!

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