Erased – A Poem

Today is Thankful Thursday here at my blog. This theme day started with acrostic poems of various synonyms of the word “thankful.” But God has led me to morph this theme into something much broader than my original idea.

This week as I thought about what I am thankful for, I realized one of the things I am most thankful for is that God has forgiven all my sins through the blood of Christ shed on the cross. When I contemplate all that I have done in my life, I am astonished that God would forgive all. This poem was inspired by those thoughts and by the song “Forgiven” by Skillet that came on my iPod the other day as I got ready for work.


Like dark marks
My sins, my transgressions
Stained my past
Clouded my thinking
Held me captive
Lost in the dark

Though I knew You
My sins, my transgressions
Kept me far
From Your love
Separated and lost
Guilt was all I knew

Then You drew
Near to me
Took my transgressions
Upon Yourself
You erased every sin
All that remained was You

Each dark mark
Erased completely
Each sin blotted out
By Your precious blood
Remembered by You no more
Light supplanted the dark

The evil one, the accuser
Reminds me of my sin
Tries to bring me down
Convince me it’s untrue

But I know
You have promised
Every sin, every transgression
Is erased by Your love

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.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:8-10 (NIV).

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12 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this poem Linda. God wants me to read this today. While I am comforted that He loves me so much to erase my sins, I am reminded that I use eraser as well for the hurts inflicted to me. That I do not write the hurts using indelible pens or that I do not write them at all, not in my mind or heart. Eraser, please 🙂

    • Rea, What a great idea! To erase the hurts inflicted on us sounds very Christ-like and just what God would want us to do. And I’ll bet He has an eraser big enough that He would let us use. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  2. Wonderful! Thank you. This poem took me back in memory to the day I found out that my sins were G-O-N-E – forever and totally G-O-N-E – NEVER to be remembered by God or brought to account.

    As a Roman Catholic, although I was granted ‘absolution’ after confession, my sins were never GONE. I knew that one day I would pay for them in (so-called) purgatory. If I had not committed a (so-called) mortal sin since my last confession, I had to confess one from a previous confession, along with the (so-called) venial sins committed since.

    What a joy it was when I saw from Scriptures that if I told God about a previously confessed and forgiven sin, He would reply, “My dear child, you must be mistaken. I have NO RECORD of your committing that sin”

    What a blessing!
    What forgiveness!
    What a cleansing!
    What a Saviour!

    • Wonderful! I am so glad you found that joy! We know from the scriptures that there is only one unforgivable sin, and that is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I don’t fully understand what that is, but am confident that I would know it if I saw it. All others will be forgiven if we just ask.

      I’ve often wondered about the idea of purgatory, and why we would have to do anything to pay for our own sins if Jesus already paid the price. I am so glad His sacrifice is sufficient and that “it is finished” with His saving work on the cross. Peace, Linda

  3. This is so good . . .and it has brought me to tears tonight. There is such comfort in my sins being erased . . .something that I could never do. So, so thankful too . . .a perfect thankful Thursday post.
    Loving the comments! 🙂
    God bless you for your thankful heart!

    • Deb, The comments on this one were touching to me, too. I love Theresa’s addition of the Psalm. It is a comfort to know our sins are erased. We just need to always remember that He is faithful in His promise to forgive! Peace, Linda

  4. Thanks, Linda!!

    “…You erased every sin
    All that remained was You…”

    O HAPPY DAY!!!!

    God bless you for sharing,

  5. What a beautiful post!…so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    1Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

    2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

    3If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

    4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    5I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

    6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

    7Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

    8And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


    • Theresa, Thank you for adding that Psalm. Just this morning as I was getting ready for work “I Wait for the Lord” by Jeremy Camp came on my iPod. It is based on verse 5 of this Psalm. But I think the verse that really stands out for me is verse 3: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” So glad He has erased all my iniquities and given me the opportunity to stand before Him on judgment day knowing He has been faithful. Peace, Linda

      • “But I think the verse that really stands out for me is verse 3: ‘If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?’ So glad He has erased all my iniquities and given me the opportunity to stand before Him on judgment day knowing He has been faithful.”

        That is my favorite verse in the psalm. I am glad, too. 🙂

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