“Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
This portion of the chapter was a preayer of supplication …
Who is a God? as meaning, A Mighty God like unto Thee? Inquiring that there are no others …
He saith not, “Who hast made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is” Exodus 20:11
“Who telleth the number of the stars; and calleth them all by their names.” Psalm 147:4
“Who by His strength setteth fast the mountains and is girded about with power.” Psalm 65:6
But rather who forgives! For greater is the work of Redemption than the work of Creation.
“That pardons, and bears and taketh away also, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage, that is, His heritage which is a remnant still when “the rest are blinded” Romans 11:7 …
And this, not of its merits but of His mercy. Since it is not His nature to “retain His anger forever.” Not for anything in them but “because He delights in mercy”.
“I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever.” Jeremiah 3:12.
“I am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25
We are our own worst critics ..