“Certainly you reward the godly, LORD. Like a shield you protect them in your good favor.”
“You forgave the iniquity of Your people; You covered all their sin. Selah.”
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.”
The imagery of a cozy comforter protecting us from the chill of winter provokes a smile on my face, reminding me of the comfort Christ’s covering brings to His children. To Adam and Eve, He provided a literal clothing to cover them. To all of Adam and Eve’s descendants He provided Himself as their covering.
We tend to attempt to rely on ouselves for a covering. It just would not seem right to allow someone else to take care of our messes. Yet our excuses are empty and our covering ultimately has holes in it. We could never provide the perfect solution to our sin problem. We are flawed and others cannot cover us, either. We will stand alone before God in the end.
But how will we stand? If we have accepted the free gift of Christ’s salvation, His atonement (at-one) united us with a Holy God, completely blotting out all of our sins. When we appear before God on the judgment day, He will see Christ, our faithful Savior, providing propitiation (appeasement to God) for every single one of our sins.
Covering us with His grace and unconditional love, we finally belong. We belong to His family and He protects and watches over those underneath His canopy of forgiveness. Why would anyone want to be without this covering, when it is the answer to our soul’s cry to be safe, loved and known?
What a beautiful gift it is – this covering God provides through Jesus – lasts forever and our sins will never be counted against us. No ordinary covering could accomplish such an act of uniting the unholy with the holy; no, only God Himself could provide that perfect sacrifice.
Jesus, thank You for covering all of our sins and washing away the burdens of this world. Thank You that your covering is not temporary and will not wear out. Knowing You is eternal and You never give up on us. Praise be Your Name!