Extracted from The Cross Divider, (page 27):
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” Psalm 66:18
I used to have a problem with this Old Testament verse. I concluded the obvious: when a sinful thought came to my mind, the Lord would not hear me. But the old covenant lacked something – Christ had not yet come. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us about His Father when He spoke of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Look how our Father responds to us in our iniquity, in contrast to not hearing us in the Psalm.
Did the prodigal son regard iniquity in his heart? Yes, he rejected father, brother, and his community. He demanded his inheritance, then wasted it. He threw his life away, before finally admitting to himself, “I have sinned.” He returned home in utter failure, only to be greeted with compassion, kisses, the best robe and sandals, a ring on his hand, merriment, rejoicing, and a banquet meal—all given to him by his father.
Because of Christ, our Father does not turn away from us. That was not the case under the law, the legalistic response under the old covenant. We were dead through the law, but through Christ, we are alive again. We were lost, but now we are found.
“O My dove, who are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let Me see your countenance, let Me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely.” Song of Solomon 2:14
“The LORD your God in your midst is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“(15) Can a woman forget her nursing babe and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Yes, they may forget, but I will never ever forget you. (16) Behold, I have engraved you upon the palms of My hands. Your walls are continually before Me. [I see you.]” Isaiah 49:15-16
This Father, Son, and Spirit Who dearly love you are in your spirit lavishing Themselves on you.