The 3 Most 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 if we don’t 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 the utmost importance to simply obey the Lord’s command to forgive, there are additional benefits as well. 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 — we only hurt ourselves. The person we refuse to forgive eventually moves on, and we are left holding onto the heaviness, frustration, and pain all by ourselves.
Perhaps what’s most important to understand about forgiveness though, is that it is spiritual Law. A prerequisite for intimate communion with God. Furthermore, forgiveness dubs as a spiritual blessing — extended grace and mercy when we need it most. In order for us to “cash in” on the blessings however, we must first accept the Lord’s forgiveness in our own lives. After we have accepted God’s grace for our own misgivings, we are expected to forgive the shortcomings of others. How do we do this? With the help of God.
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 Powerful Psalms of Forgiveness. Prayerfully meditate on the psalmist’s pleas for the Lord’s grace and His unfathomable mercy in return. If possible, go somewhere quiet. This is the best way to hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit. Remember … even though forgiveness is not usually easy, it will be 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’s 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.
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 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 is filled to the brim 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, when we allow Christ to truly reign in our hearts, minds and lives — we will be able to forgive those who have offended us. It will not be done in our own strength, but through Christ’s power. He will help us.
Today, take a moment with God to repent of your sins. Ask Him earnestly and humbly to forgive all of your shortcomings and to help you forgive those you struggle with. His desire for forgiveness is so great that He sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that all of us could be redeemed back to Him. 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.
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. 32[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.