Once in high school biology, we were to go up to the front to get samples from jars with an eyedropper to put on slides and study under a microscope. The teacher had stepped out for a few minutes and in the spirit of high school camaraderie, I accidently knocked over a jar of something. When the teacher returned, he saw the jar nearly empty and angrily asked who knocked it over. I was afraid of his anger and couldn’t say anything. No one in the class said anything even though half a dozen students knew what had happened. No one volunteered or offered an explanation or took the blame. He asked again and I burst into tears and confessed.
One day, God will call us all together and each of us will have to stand before Him. Satan will angrily and accusingly read a list of sins we’ve committed – the entire list of small and large offenses. There we’ll be – standing before God, listening to Satan telling the entire universe what an awful person we are, embarrassed by all the sins no one else ever knew about.
I wonder how God’s face will look. There will be the anger of a holy God at such vile, abhorrent sin, but there will also be the pity of His love. The longer our list, the worse our list, the greater our fear of punishment will grow. Finally, we will burst into tears and confess.
However, an amazing thing will happen for those who here on earth have already confessed, asked for and received God’s forgiveness when Satan begins to read our list of sins. Jesus’ voice will sound out “I committed those sins and I was punished for each and every one.” The gavel will drop. God will declare, “Case dismissed!” We will be dumbfounded that anyone would be willing to take the blame for every thing that we’ve ever done wrong. We will turn to Jesus and finally understand the pain and agony He went through in Gethsemane and at Calvary. True love and gratitude will well up in our hearts and fill our entire new being for eternity.
(Taw and Thaw are the twenty-third and fourth letters of the Hebrew alphabet)
May my cry come before You O Lord – hear and pay attention; give me understanding according to Your word.
May my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word.
May my lips overflow with praise, for You teach me Your word.
May my tongue sing of Your word, for Your word is righteous.
May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your word.
I long for Your salvation O Lord, and Your word is my delight.
Let me live that I may praise You and may Your word sustain me.
I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your word.
(Sin and Shin are the twenty-first and second letters of the Hebrew alphabet)
Rulers persecute me without cause, but I don’t tremble at that; I tremble when I read Your word.
I rejoice in Your word like one who finds a treasure.
I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love Your word.
Seven time a day I praise You for Your righteous word.
Great peace have they who love Your word, and nothing can make them stumble – Your word keeps them from stumbling.
I wait for Your salvation O Lord and I follow Your word.
I obey Your word, for I love Your word greatly.
I obey Your word – all my ways are known to You – those ways that follow Your word and those that stray away.
(Resh is the nineteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
Look upon my suffering and deliver me for I have not forgotten Your word.
Defend my case and redeem me – preserve my life according to Your word.
Salvation is far from the wicked for they do not seek out Your word.
Your compassion is great O Lord – preserve my life according to Your word.
Many are the foes who persecute me – without and within – but I have not turned from Your word.
I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey Your word.
See how I love Your word, preserve my life O Lord according to Your love.
All Your words are true, all Your righteous words are eternal.