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the blessing of forgiveness

A Maskilof David.Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.Psalm 32:1-2We're in the season of Lent, which is the 40 day countdown to Easter. This is a good time to begin reflecting on what was accomplished by Christ on the cross. David's words in this psalm are applicable to a meditation on the forgiveness of one's sins. In fact, Paul quotes this psalm in Romans 4, when he's laying out justification by faith.To have your sins forgiven or covered by God is a blessed thing, a good thing, a positive thing. Adam Clarke provides some good notes on these four aspects of sin described here: transgression, sin, iniquity, and deceit.
Notes:Adam Clarke:True blessedness consists in remission of sin, and purificationof the heart, 1,2. What the psalmist felt in seeking these blessings, 3-5. How they should be sought, 6,7. The necessity of humility and…

Leading by example

So Aaron drew near to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.
Leviticus 9:8

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. I have the idea, inspired by the verse above, that a leader should lead by example. Children will follow the example of their parents. There's a disconnect when someone says to do as they say, while they don't do it themselves. The best teachers are also practitioners and not mere theoreticians. Aaron made an offering for himself. He got dirty. He fully participated. If you are going to take others to the cross, you not only need to go there first for yourself; but you need to show and tell how you've been there as you seek to lead others there.

you have no idea

However, as it is written:
"What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived—
these things God has prepared for those who love him"
1 Corinthians 2:9

This is my word for today. Prepared, is my favorite word here. I constantly hear about my preparation, but God has prepared something too, for me. God's waiting in the future. Tomorrow, next year, and ten years from now.
In 1999, what I have in 2009, was like a dream; I could only barely consciously imagine it. But here I am in 2009 living it. What God has prepared for me in the days, weeks, years and decades ahead is like that- beyond me, better than I can conceive. I'm seeing things and hearing things that were barely in my imagination 10 years ago, but they were clear to God back then. He was preparing them for me. I have no idea what's coming and that's ok, He knows. It's good. It's beyond me. It's Him.

companionship

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work.
Ecclesiastes 4:9

This word reminds me of much God values companionship. I believe that God looks for friends for people and doesn't want anyone to be lonely.

Rainbow

Real hope

"At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.
Job 14:7-9In God there is hope of restoration, of revival. Whatever you have lost, God can bring it back; even dead things. In fact, only lost things can be restored and only dead things can be revived. You can't pretend there wasn't a loss or pretend something is vitally alive that really needs to be brought back to life. There's an aknowledgement that is needed.