No Record of Wrongdoings

If You, God, kept records of wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is Your habit, and that’s why You’re worshiped. – (Psalm 130:3-4, MSG)

 

Today, I am so thankful that God is not like us. Imagine if God were only able to forgive over time? Or worse, if God held grudges? Though we may pursue to extend the same forgiveness to others that Christ has given to us, not one of us has arrived. There is always something that weighs on our hearts, or that takes us time to walk through, before we can truly forgive. With God, He chooses to take our sin and remember it no more. Such mercy and grace warrants worship. May we embrace the grace that our loving Father grants to us, and offer all of our praise to Him, as we seek His help to do unto others as He has done for us.

 

The glory of grace,Risk to Reward

Beyond what we see;

For not one could stand,

Without God’s mercy.

Forgiveness given,

Though it’s not deserved;

Reason for worship,

Give praise undeterred.

May we seek the Lord,

for His love and grace;

So we can extend,

The same all our days.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You keep no record of our wrongs when we repent before You. Thank You that You forgive out of Your abundant love. Forgive us for our stubborn hearts that hold grudges and hurt, rather than giving the offenses over to You. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would bring all of our burdens before You, and allow You to mend the brokenness with Your lavish love. Show us how to keep no record of wrongs, and to extend mercy and grace to all those around us. May many come to find a lasting relationship with You, as they see Your love in our words and deeds. Be glorified O God, as we seek to love without limits and to forgive freely like You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

For the Lord your God will bless you, …and your joy will be complete. – Deuteronomy 16:15

Standing Forgiven

If You, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve You. – (Psalm 130:3-4, NIV)

Lord, if You punished people for all their sins, no one would be left alive. But You forgive people, so they fear and respect You. – (Psalm 130:3-4, ERV)

 

The reality is that not one of us could withstand the judgment of God in our own righteousness. We all have sinned and fallen short of His glory. Because God is merciful, He sent His Son to make the way for all of our sin to be forgiven. In that space of recognizing the enormity of His grace, we cannot help but be compelled to revere and long to serve the Lord. He who has given us life and love and hope and help, is the very One whom we ought to honor in all that we say and do. May we walk out each day with the understanding of how much we have been forgiven, so that we too, shall go and do likewise.

 

No record of wrongs,Delivering Dreams

is held over us;

when we trust the Lord,

give all to Jesus.

We are forgiven,

from our sin and shame;

how can we but help,

revere the Lord’s Name?

When we know the truth,

the size of His grace;

our hearts long to serve,

for all of our days.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we come to You and give our hearts to You, You forgive us and keep no record of our wrongs. Thank You that by Your grace, we are able to stand before You, clean and made righteous in You. Thank You that You alone are worthy of our reverence and desire to serve. Forgive us for seeking to serve ourselves or for not giving proper respect and reverence unto You. Teach us to see You in light of who You are and all that You have done, so that we may properly serve and honor You. Show us how to love others in such a way, that they too would come to understand the magnitude of the grace that You extend to all who come unto You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You with all that we are and seek to serve You in all that we do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

When My Soul Waits

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. – (Psalm 130:5, NIV)

I am waiting for the Lord to help me. My soul waits for Him. I trust what He says. – (Psalm 130:5, ERV)

Often, it seems that there is a season of waiting between active steps of obedience. It is in this in-between time that we are in what feels like a holding pattern, yet it is in this very space that we are called to wait and to trust in Him. Hope rises as we actively engage in time spent with Him. As we wait, He stretches, refines, restores, grows and prepares us for the next steps we are meant to take. Though waiting seasons are a struggle, the result of such seasons is something stronger and far more than we had imagined before. May we wait on the Lord in trust, and place our hope in His word.

O Lord the waiting,When My Soul Waits

is so hard to do;

seasons of stillness,

of trusting what’s true.

Lord help me in faith,

to Your hope, hold tight;

Your timing’s perfect,

and Your plans are right.

I trust who You are,

and Your word is true;

prepare this old heart,

for what I’m to do.

Let Your hope arise,

where doubt has crept in;

restore strength and faith,

fan the flames within.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we wait for You, we can put our hope in You and Your word. Thank You that You are truth and light and life. Forgive us for our lack of patience and endurance in the seasons of waiting, and teach us to trust in You, so that we will see these seasons as opportunities to be stretched, strengthened and transformed into more of who You have created us to become. Lead us to love others in such a way, that they see You through all that we do and say. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we wait in trust with hope, as You direct our every step. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. – Hebrews 4:16

I Cry Out

I Cry Out
From the deepest place,

hidden in my heart;

I cry out to You,

please make known my part.

O Lord hear my cry,

this sorrowful voice;

may Your ears now hear,

let my heart rejoice.

Joy not for the loss,

but for Your mercy;

the kindness You’ve shown,

suffering’s defeat.

I wait on You Lord,

yes, my soul shall wait;

my hope in Your word,

Your promises made.

My trust rests in You,

as You take my hand;

please help my heart see,

my mind understand.

Oh that I’d behold,

a heavenly view;

salve for my sad soul,

a space to renew.

Mine eyes fix on You,

the true Saving Grace;

as You hold my heart,

my safe healing place.

“Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” (Psalm 130:1-2)

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.” – (Psalm 130:5)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hold us up when our hearts overflow with heaviness. Thank You that You are the safe space to share our sorrow. Thank You that though sadness may last for a time, Your joy will come again. Thank You that You bring beauty from our ashes, and holy hope from our despair. Forgive me for fearing the flood of emotion that waits for further release, and please hold our tender hearts in Your loving hands. Thank You that even now, You are moving mountains in hearts and minds, so that Your hope may be found and held fast by those who know You not yet. May our trust in You, even in the ache, bring hope to the hurting. May they too, find way to place all trust in You. Let Your lavish love wash over us, and may we fearlessly love those around us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

The Holy Holder of Hope

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” – Psalm 130:7

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God’s love never fails.  God’s love forgives; and God’s love redeems.  He is the only One worthy, as He is our whole and holy hope.

Only the loving Lord can take our tragedies and turn them to triumphs, as we trust in Him.  He takes our faults and failures, forgives us, and again calls us clean.  How can we help but hold our hope in Him?

He, the One who loves us so much that He was willing to give up His only Son to suffer our shame,  bear our sin and stains, so that we could be covered in righteousness and redeemed before Him, and is way more than worthy of our whole heart.  In Him, new life is made possible, despite the impossibilities that surround us.  He hears, He sees, He loves, and He redeems, as He is the giver of every good gift we are granted.

He asks for our hope and our heart, and in return, He redeems our wreckage and raises us up, calling us His sons and daughters, granting us a holy heritage and the hope of our eternal heavenly home with Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your love is unfailing and unending, and is available and abundant for all who ask.  Thank You that in Your perfect love, You made way for not only our forgiveness, but for our redemption, so that we might be completely restored to a right relationship with You.  Thank You Lord that You are worthy of all worship, and that You hold our every hope in Your holy hands.  Teach us, lead us, forgive and love us, so that we might walk in full acceptance of Your unfailing love and remarkable redemption, as we share the hope held in You, our Heavenly Father.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present