Psalm 103:10 (NKJV) He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
If there was ever a sentence or scripture in the Bible that you should highlight, circle, and underline, it’s this one! If there’s one truth to walk away from God’s Word with, it’s that the Lord hasn’t dealt with us according to our sins. Let’s refresh our minds of this fact: When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, he brought on horrific consequences to each of his descendants. By disobediently partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, he set himself and the race that would flow from him at irreconcilable odds with the Almighty God (Genesis 3 chapter).
Sin entered into the human condition, and from that point on, mankind would no longer fall into the “innocent” category of heaven’s ledger but instead into the “guilty” category. In fact, the Bible describes us as “enemies of God” and “children of wrath” (Romans 5:10, Ephesians 2:3). Whether we saw ourselves that way or not, that’s how God viewed us in our sinful condition, a rebellious race deserving of eternal punishment.
This backdrop is what makes (Psalm 103:10) so indescribably amazing. As guilty as we (were or are) and as deserving as (we were or are to receive judgment), God determined not to give us what we earned. The Lord determined not to punish us according to what our sins deserved, which was a hopeless life beyond human description.
No, instead the Lord did something we did not and could not deserve. He sent His perfect son to absorb the reality and power of our sin and completely cover them in His righteousness. None of this was “fair” in the logical sense, and we can be glad that God wasn’t fair to us, but went way beyond fairness by being way more gracious than we deserved. Say it with me people of God, “Thank you, Lord, for being “unfair” towards us when it comes to the unfathomable grace You have poured upon us”.