16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness. (Psalm 59)
I have to say, the most precious thing I think a human being can experience is Forgiveness. Both Forgiveness from God and from one another. Forgiveness given and received. When I have wronged someone, sinned against them, I feel weak and in turmoil. I can’t rest ’til I try to make it right.
I just had a misunderstanding with my youngest Son, and at first, I tried to rationalize it to myself and then to my husband. But the Holy Spirit kept nudging, kept whispering, “No, that’s not quite true, now is it?” I finally asked my husband to call our son down so I could apologize to him. He immediately forgave me, as our precious Children so often do.
What a feeling of release and strength it can bring to us, this forgiving and being forgiven thing. The verses above speak of God as our strength, and He is. But I think one of the greatest things Jesus did for us, was to show us what forgiveness looks like. He did this by the sacrifice of Himself, for us, His Beloved. And we are so often ungrateful for this gift of forgiveness, I know I take it for granted. But the ability to be forgiven by God, cost Jesus every drop of His precious Blood. His final words included the cry of, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. So often, we are weakened by our refusal to ask forgiveness from those whom we have harmed, offended and/or hurt with our Words or actions. How can God be our strength, if we don’t obey His all to seek forgiveness from one another, and to forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us. I can’t truly sing that “God is my strength,” and mean it, only when my conscience is clean, and my heart is pure. Forgiveness is the greatest gateway into Worship, both the receiving of it from God and the freely giving of it to one another.