Thursday, September 14, 2017
Psalms 85:2, 10 (NIV) You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins…Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
I never grow weary of hearing about the forgiveness of my sin. When I think of God’s grace, sweet melodies are played by the orchestra of my heart. When I consider my eternal adoption as His child, joyful lyrics are added by the duet of my spirit and soul.
In Jesus, love and faithfulness have met together. His love for me sent Him to the cross. His faithfulness secures the gift of eternal life.
In Jesus, righteousness and peace have kissed. When God’s righteousness demanded judgment, Jesus became my righteous substitute in death so that I might be made the righteousness of Christ and be reconciled in peace to God.
My sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. I have been forgiven for all my sin, and God remembers them no more. O the wonder of that song that continuously loops through my soul. Love and faithfulness have met at the very point of my deepest need, and as a result righteousness and peace have kissed in me.
The current song of salvation that is looping through my spirit was written by Charitie Lees Bancroft in 1863. It is titled Before the Throne of God Above. It is rich with the love and faithfulness of God to save us from our sin. It is overflowing with the kiss of righteousness and peace. May its words bless you today as you bask in the splendor of your salvation.
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea;
a great High Priest, whose name is Love,
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands,
my name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart,
no tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look, and see him there
who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God the Just is satisfied
to look on him and pardon me,
to look on him and pardon me.
Behold him there! the risen Lamb,
my perfect, spotless righteousness;
the great unchangeable “I AM,”
the King of glory and of grace!
One with himself, I cannot die,
my soul is purchased by his blood;
my life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ my Savior and my God,
with Christ my Savior and my God.