Week of September 30 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Romans 4:6-8

 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
    and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Reflect: How can God never charge a sinner with sin? How could David have understood imputed righteousness?

Consider: This fact about Abraham was also true of David, whose description of God’s gracious dealing with him Paul quoted from Psalm 32:1–2. A person, like David, to whom God credits righteousness apart from works, is blessed. Such a person’s sins are forgiven and covered. And instead of his sin credited (logisētai) to his account, God credits (logizetai; cf. Rom. 4:3) righteousness to him.[1]

Respond: How can we demonstrate our joy and gratitude at having our sins covered and never being charged with sin?

[1] John A. Witmer, “Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 453.