Hide Your face [Lord] from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.
The Most 3 Powerful Psalms of Forgiveness
One of the most important themes throughout the Bible is forgiveness. It is so important in fact, that we are warned that if we do not forgive others, we ourselves will not be forgiven by God: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” –Matt. 6:14-15. Forgiveness by God and for others is incredibly important.
While it is of utmost importance to simply obey the Lord’s command, there are additional benefits that derive from forgiveness. One example (of many) is the release from our own mental and emotional prison. When we hold on to anger, unwilling or unable to forgive someone else, we inevitably hurt ourselves. The person we refuse to forgive eventually moves on and we are left holding onto the heaviness, frustration and pain all by our lonesome. On the other hand, by forgiving the person who wronged us, we are set free! We finally experience peace and tranquility again.
Perhaps what is most important to understand about forgiveness though, is that it is spiritual Law. In other words, it is a prerequisite for intimate communion with God. In addition, forgiveness dubs as a spiritual blessing — extended grace and mercy when we need it most. In order for us to “cash in” on all the wonderful blessings of forgiveness, however, we must first accept the Lord’s forgiveness of ourselves. That’s right, the Lord forgives you! No matter where you have been or what you have done, the Lord’s mercy is infinite. And because He forgives us of our (many) trespasses, He expects us to forgive those who have trespassed against us. So how do we do this? Not in our own strength, my friend, but in the Lord’s!
So if you are struggling to forgive someone today or if you have been wrestling with whether or not God has forgiven you, prayerfully read over these 3 Most Powerful Psalms of Forgiveness. Prayerfully meditate on the psalmist’s pleas for the Lord’s grace and His loving response of mercy in return. Before you prayerfully read over these psalms, go somewhere quiet if possible. This is the best way to hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit. And remember, even though forgiveness is not easy, it is well worth it. Forgiveness will set you free!
The 3 Most Powerful Psalms of Forgiveness
Psalm 51 is one of the most famous psalms of forgiveness. It is often quoted to show the depth of our human sin, subsequent guilt, and the need for repentance. As you read over King David’s pleas for forgiveness, reflect on God’s love, mercy and forgiveness for all mankind. Then think about what He expects from you. Is there someone you are having difficulty forgiving? Reflect on all the times the good Lord has forgiven you and then obey His command: “Freely you received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). In so doing, prepare to be blessed. Prepare for breakthrough in your life; for the windows of Heaven to be opened unto you.
9 Hide Your face [Lord] from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 32:1-2, 5
Psalm 32 focuses on the stark comparison between the torment of guilt of sin and the mercy and joy found in the forgiveness of God. The sin of unforgiveness eats away at the soul and serves as the perfect gateway to further sin. But when we seek forgiveness from the Lord, and forgive others, the Lord’s redemption is in full and we are then restored (Isaiah 1:18).
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose Spirit is no deceit.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And You forgave
the guilt of my sin.
The primary focus of Psalm 103 is to glorify the Lord for His mercy and forgiveness toward us. When we truly acknowledge how patient and forgiving the Lord has been with us, it should make it easier for us to forgive others. After all, if a perfect, Holy and just God can forgive repeat-offending sinners like us, it would only seem fair to honor Him by forgiving those who’ve trespassed against us (see The Lords Prayer).
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will He harbor His anger forever;
10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the Heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
The Book of Psalms
The Book of Psalms is filled with cries of anguish. Desperate pleas for God’s forgiveness and mercy. All of which, upon repentance, He graciously extends. So now it is our turn. The good news is that when we allow Christ to truly reign in our hearts, minds and lives, we are much more able to forgive those who have offended us. As mentioned, forgiveness is not done in our own strength, but in the Lord’s. Through the unfathomable love and power of Jesus Christ, the Lord will help you.
Take a moment today and repent of your sins. Humbly ask God to forgive all your shortcomings as well as to help you forgive those who have hurt you. His desire for forgiveness is so great that He sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that all of us could be redeemed. No matter what has happened in the past, no matter where you find yourself today, God is with you and He loves you. Invite Him in and, through forgiveness, prepare to be fully restored.
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What the Bible says about forgiveness and letting go?
Ephesians 4:30-32 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.”
Why is forgiveness important in the Bible?
When we forgive someone who has wronged us, we are being obedient to the Word of God. Additionally, we are exhibiting Christ-like virtues. Above all, it is important that we obey the Commands of the Lord even if we don’t understand why God wants us to do something, or even if we don’t necessarily agree emotionally. 1 Samuel 15:22 says, in essence, that to obey God is better than any sacrifice we could offer. Being obedient to Him shows that we love and trust Him and His Word. Forgiveness is not optional. God Commands us to forgive others just as He has forgiven us and we are wise to heed the divine exhortation. Forgive and trust God with the rest.
Thank you for strengthening our resolve and faith.
Thank you for writing this. I’m a Christian but sometimes suffer from guilt. I know that I need and not dwell on the past, and I know I am forgiven through Christ that paid the ultimate price for us, but sometimes I forget and dwell on things. This article on forgiveness, even of forgiving oneself, powerfully moved me. Thank you so much. May God bless you as this article has blessed me.
Glory to God Almighty! Very nicely written. Just what I needed this morning! Thanks for sharing.
Glory be to God
Glory to GOD I’m indeed grateful for this wonderful inspiration, it strengthens my spiritual life my heart is free, i have forgiven & let go anyone that hurts me, i pray for GOD’S mercy IJN