God of Zion, to you even silence is praise.
Promises made to you are kept—
2 you listen to prayer—
and all living things come to you.
3 When wrongdoings become too much for me,
you forgive our sins.
4 How happy is the one you choose to bring close,
the one who lives in your courtyards!
We are filled full by the goodness of your house,
by the holiness of your temple. Psalm 65:1-4, CEB
As we’ve been talking about the last couple days, our wrongdoings can overwhelm us. It’s important to remember, though, that our wrongdoings do not push God away from us. Our wrongdoings are our choices to turn away from God. He stands there with His arms open trying to beckon us back and entices us by offering little things like forgiveness. When our wrongdoings become too much for us, when we realize we’ve walked too far away from God, He forgives us.
I often think of forgiveness as following a pattern. I confess, God forgives. That happens in some instances but forgiveness doesn’t always follow a mechanical formula. In these verses we see that sometimes God takes the initiative. Sometimes He just forgives without us doing anything. Now, we probably don’t want to bank on that, but it is possible.
God chooses to forgive and takes the initiate so that we can be close to Him. That’s what He wants, after all, for us to be close.
What is it that we want? Do we really want to be close to God, or does it just sound nice?
If we’re honest with ourselves when we answer that question it might change how we feel about God’s forgiveness. But it certainly isn’t going to change how God feels about you.