2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
What an astounding truth it is to a sinner that when the LORD forgives him, He will not impute unto him his iniquity! Certainly, it is joyous news to every contrite sinner that his sins will not be held against him by the LORD. What a blessing it is that the LORD will not remember the sins of the repenting sinner! That man will never again be charged in the divine court for his sins.
When a sinner fearfully approaches God, being fully conscious of his sins and guilt, the LORD mercifully assures him that he will henceforth be treated as if he has no guile whatsoever. God had blotted out the record of the indictment of your sins. The apostle Paul says in Colossians 2:13-14, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”.
Dear reader, like David, you may be praying to the LORD, “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities” (Psalm 51:9). His answer to you is that He will not impute your sins against you.
You may wonder why God would forgive you of all your sins. In His Word, He tells all repenting sinners, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). Hear what God is actually saying – “I am not forgiving you for your own sake, but for My own sake.” The forgiveness He gives you is not a reward for your goodness. You are not worthy to merit His forgiveness. But He assures you of His forgiveness for the glory of His mercy and compassion towards you.
You may still retort, “But, Lord, I have been an ungrateful person. I know that Thou has been patient with me and has not dealt with me in Thy wrath. Yet, all the while I have not humbled myself and repented. Would Thou still forgive me?” The LORD still tells you, “I will forgive you for My name’s sake.” We can truly trust in His promise of forgiveness, and return to Him to serve Him. It is His joy that we rejoice in the blessing of His forgiveness.