Psalm 143:2 – Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
We live in a culture that truly does not understand the verse above. Far more of us would demand that God not judge us because we do not deserve to be judged. Far fewer of us would say that we do not want to be judged by God because we deserve his wrath. But the psalmist who wrote this verse gets it, and if we will learn from him, we will see something of God’s grace.
The psalmist understands that no one—not you, not me, not my sweet old grandmother—has lived a righteous life before God. Every last one of us is guilty of sin in one way or another. Perhaps we have done things that go directly against the commands of God. Perhaps we have failed to do all that we should have done in order to honor God. Either way, we are all guilty of sin before an infinitely holy God. What this means for us is that we are guilty, and we deserve to face the wrath and the judgment of God. Not one of us can ever say to God that we do not deserve his fury.
But God has been so gracious to us. He has withheld his wrath. How do I know that? Well, I’m writing this and you are reading it. If God did not withhold his wrath for our sin, neither of us would have lived to an age where we could have read or written this piece. No, if we got what we deserved from God, all of us would have been cast into hell the moment we committed our very first sin. Yet, God has been gracious. He has withheld his judgment on us. And, he has gone even farther than that. God actually offers to you and to me and to every person in the world the opportunity to be forgiven of our sin before him. How? Jesus Christ, God in flesh, came to this earth and sacrificed his own life as the payment for our sin. IF you or anyone else will put your trust in Jesus completely for the forgiveness of the wrong you have done, God promises both to change your life and to forgive your sin.
Now, if you have not yet come to know Jesus, if you are not sure of whether or not God has forgiven your sin, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment here, and I’ll happily talk with you about what needs to come next for you to be forgiven by God. But if you have already experienced the forgiveness of God in Jesus Christ, take a look again at the verse above. You and I deserved God’s wrath. You and I have received God’s grace. This is call for celebration! This is how the bad news of our condemnation becomes the good news of grace.