To present one's own sin as inherent in human nature and assumed as unquestioned part thereof is one of the most important and universally recognized truths about God and the Bible. The psalmist is well aware of the fact that he should bring his sins and needs before God's face, feeling no fear of damnation or conviction, for one should rather hope for God's forgiveness. Psalm 130:4 speaks of God being a 'God of forgiveness'. In his loving kindness God leads the one who prays to true fear and faith so that he is able to trust the word and promise of God. Forgiveness is also an essence of the New Covenant. It means that the law will be written upon the hearts of the faithful (Jer 31:31-34). Such law requires a radical spiritual transformation. To belong to the new people of God means to act not according to the old law written in stone but according to the experience of mercy and forgiveness on the basis of which one should build his life.
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