Are they not in your book?”
The idea is, when God forgives, He really forgives. Our sins have been removed from us as far as is possible to imagine. It is a statement of complete and utter forgiveness. Once our sins have been removed, we will never be held accountable for them. They will never come back to haunt us. Praise God! But what does all this have to do with Psalm 56:8?
Well, while there are things we hope God forgets, there are things we hope God remembers. Namely, our sufferings and our tears. This verse tells us that the Lord takes note of all our sadness and all our pain – of all our tossings and weariness. He keeps account of every tear that flows from our eyes and all the silent groans of our hurting hearts. This verse also tells us that He has placed each single tear in His bottle of remembrance and recorded each hurt in His book!
No doubt this has been a season of suffering and tears for all of us, some more so than others. But know that this and every season is in His hands! We have a God who is aware of everything that causes His children pain. And like our Lord Jesus, we gain a closer intimacy with our Father through the things that we suffer in obedience to His will (Hebrews 5:8).
Because of His mercy, our God forgets. Because of His grace, our God remembers. Praise Him indeed!