A few years ago, I broke the first bone I’ve ever broken in my body: the tip of my finger. Man, that hurt! I crushed the little fingertip bone and split it in half.
I remember thinking, “If I’m in this much pain with a broken fingertip bone, what about all those people who break the big stuff?” Yowza! Respect.
For months, I’d bump it or even just rub it along something and, “Ouch!” The nerve endings were so sensitive to the touch.
So it was an incredible joy when it finally healed. The bone that I crushed rejoiced!
“Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity” (Psalm 51:8,9).
Imagine if every one of your 206 bones was broken. Crushed. Ouch! That would hurt for months, but then would come healing and rejoicing! They probably wouldn’t all heal at the exact same time though, so you’d experience multiple moments of joy.
Instead of just saying, “I forgive you” one time and telling you that you better remember it or you’ll miss out, God says, “I forgive you” for each one of your sins. He says it often. He says it in different ways.
Every broken bone rejoices. Every one of your sins every day is fully forgiven: specifically, individually, again and again. Now be careful and take care of those bones in the joy of forgiveness.