The Benefit Package
There are 4 things we will look at in these 2 verses that form the foundation of our relationship with the Lord and our pure praise of Him. He: (1) "forgives"; (2) "heals"; (3) "redeems"; and (4) "crowns you with love and compassion."
"who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,"
1. "who forgives all your sins."
Isaiah 43:25: "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake and remembers your sins no more" (NIV).
Psalm 19:12-14: "How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don't let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer" (NLT).
2. The second part of the benefit package is He "heals all your diseases." It is the sores and wounds that sins have caused. Sinful passions are the disease of the soul.
In Isaiah 1:5, 6 the Lord describes the consequence of His children's rebellion: "Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness - only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil" (NIV).
"who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,"
In verse 3 we learned 2 things from the benefit package. He "forgives all our sins" and "heals all our diseases." Now in verse 4 we see the remaining 2. He "redeems your life from the pit" and "crowns you with love and compassion."
This seems to be such a tremendous picture of the parable of the Prodigal Son. The word "pit" is a synonym for the grave.
Psalm 16:9-11: "Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (NIV).