the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
I will declare mine iniquity. I will he sorry for my sin. I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalms 38:18. Psalms 51:3. Divine answer. He has not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; for as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy towards them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Psalms 103:10-13.
As my sins are ever before me, so the ransom of my Mediator is ever before God and me also. God having dealt already with Christ my surety for my sins, he cannot deal for them with me again, for he cannot take double payment, and punish them twice. Not only his mercy, but even his justice requires him to save me, when I lay hold on the merits and the most perfect atonements of his dear Son, my Redeemer. Thus all my sins and punishments are taken away for ever, my conscience is perfectly purged, and by faith I am able to answer all the charges of the law. 1 John 1:9. Hebrews 9:14. Hebrews 10:2; Hebrews 10:22.
High as the heavens are raised
Above the ground we tread,
So far the riches of his grace
Our highest thoughts exceed.
His power subdues our sins.
And his forgiving love.
Far as the east is from the west,
Doth all our guilt remove.