I stumbled across this verse while reading another passage in my One Year Study Bible. My first reaction was, “Wow!” What if God kept a record of our sins? I think my list would be miles long. And, what if God punished us, like He rightfully could, for our sins? I echo the psalmist’s sentiments, “Who, O Lord, could ever survive?”
I’m glad that the psalmist didn’t end this passage after verse 3. The very next verse says, “But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you” (Psalm 130:4, NLT). Isn’t God wonderful? Notice that the psalmist didn’t say that God sells forgiveness. Can you imagine that price tag? Rather, the psalmist reminds us that God offers forgiveness, free of charge, to anyone who asks for it.
In a world where people seldom forgive, it’s refreshing to remember who God is. He’s our forgiving friend, always eager to rekindle His relationship with us.