Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. – Psalm 32:1
So (Christian) ran until he came to a place somewhat elevated. Upon that place stood a cross, and below at the bottom there was a Tomb. I saw in my dream that just as Christian came up to the Cross, his burden came loose from his shoulders and fell off his back. It began to tumble and continued to do so until it came to the mouth of the Tomb. It then fell into the Tomb, and I saw it no more. – Pilgrim’s Progress.
Do you remember when you were completely delivered? Can you recall when you absolutely knew without a shadow of a doubt that you were so clean and so brand new? That sense of pure love and that feeling of all that weight of sin just falling off . . . there is nothing else this world offers that even comes close.
I like that Christian carried the burden of sin for a while. He wanted so badly to be rid of it. Even though he asked often, it never happened until he came to the place of deliverance. It happened in God’s time. I know people hate to hear that, I sure did at one time. I was like everyone else wanting it all and wanting it now. No matter how much God has done for other people, there always seems to be that nagging question of “Will He come through for me?” I remember singing this song in church:
It is no secret what God can do
What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you
It is no secret, what God can do.
I’ve had several places of deliverance. The one I will always remember happened at a church in Gainesville, Georgia. I had no idea what God had in store for me that day. All I knew is that the world was trying so hard to keep me in it’s vice grip. I wasn’t really happy with any aspect of my life. I was still so selfish. Yet, I walk in that place of deliverance and fight back tears the moment I walk in the doors. When I got to my seat and those singers started singing, it really was all over but the crying. I’m not sure I had any tears left that day. I do know that I left so free and so changed.
I was completely forgiven. I’m not sure anything makes one more sorry for sin than knowing you are completely forgiven. After you get that sense of pure love and pure cleanness, you wonder why in the world you lived any other way than His way. You wonder why in the world you’d ever offend a God so good, so pure, and so kind.
Lord, you are so good.