Psalm 122 (NIV), Daniel 9:15-19 (NIV)James 4:1-10 (NIV)

In Psalm 122, David writes of the joy of going to the house of the Lord to worship and pray.  The prayer is one for peace; the shalom, the well-being, the wholeness and peace of God for Jerusalem, and thus for all of Israel.  Part of this peace is peace with God, which includes forgiveness.

In Daniel we find the prophet praying, asking God to forgive Israel for her sins and to return his people to their homeland from captivity; and “your city” in the prayer is Jerusalem. “ Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

In James, we read about sinful desires and actions that are a result, which hold people captive to sin.  How to avoid these sins?  James writes, “Submit to God,” depend on God’s “grace,” and “come near to God…Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  We find that God favors the one who is humble and confesses.  God lifts them up from their sin and failures.

We can give thanks for the grace and forgiveness the Lord showers upon us.  Paul writes, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

As 2019 draws to a close and 2020 is about to begin, we can be grateful for the gift of forgiveness in the Lord Jesus, our Savior.  That’s Good News any day of the year!

Craig Herr