Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
– Micah 7:18-20
As we look at the historical scope of the Bible and the ups and downs of our own lives, we see a God who deals mercifully with his people. The above passage from Micah is one of many reminding us that we have a God who is both righteous and compassionate. That we have been given a glorious pardon, without merit or our assistance, is the cornerstone of the salvation we proclaim and sing every Sunday. Not only does God cast our sins into the sea, but he shows us his faithfulness and steadfast love.
In THIS ARTICLE, Keith Getty says “we may take in what we hear in sermons, but we take home what we sing.” He is not downplaying the importance of preaching but drawing our attention to the formative and transformative nature of congregational song. Many of us have experienced first-hand or heard stories of how patients in a nursing home or those suffering from dementia can suddenly sing songs from their youth after struggling to form coherent sentences just moments before.
This causes me to consider what words will flow from my lips if/when that is only expression my struggling brain can make. Will I boast in my works, my knowledge, my abilities, or my sin? Or will I boast in the life and death of Christ on my behalf as I sing:
“Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise”
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
and weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.
Praise the Lord! His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many His mercy is more
I pray this new song will be a helpful reminder to us all and a balm to our weary souls.