Vs 10: He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.
This verse tells me how merciful God is that He does not deal with us as we deserve. When we repent and ask His forgiveness, He forgives and He is gracious with us in the consequences.
Have you ever said or done something, regretted it and repented and knowing you are forgiven and being aware that there will be consequences anyway, gritted your teeth with the attitude, "I've been forgiven but with God's help I will now deal with the consequences." You go out there, expecting the worst, and ... God has already gone before you. He has worked in the heart of the person you need to face, or they unexpectedly welcome you, or are really happy to see you. You expected disdain, hurt hearts or hardness, but God changed that!
This is what I believe that verse means. He is merciful and gracious despite ourselves!
The next verse is so humbling:
Vs 11: For as the heavens are high above the earth, so GREAT is His mercy toward those who fear Him.
I, for one, am very grateful, very thankful, for His grace and for His mercy. Without it, I'd be doomed.
My encouragement to you is to acknowledge God's grace and mercy in your life. You will begin to see how blessed you truly are.
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