This abacus resembles the one in my husband’s childhood home. Being half Chinese, his home has quite a number of things from China. Counting on an abacus looks complicated to me. But when we were in Hong Kong and Taiwan we saw merchants using them with no trouble. In fact, their fingers would fly over those beads faster than I could use a calculator! The Chinese abacus dates back to the 2nd century BC. Variations of it were used by the Greeks and Romans in ancient times as well.
In our verse for today there is mention of accounting. If the Lord were to be keep an account of my sins, I do not think the abacus could handle all the handling! If He were to treat me according to my sins, I would be crushed. I would not be able to stand or even to lift my head.
The next verse starts with the word, “But.” But there is forgiveness. How grateful I am that He forgives! Without His mercy I would not be able to stand. No one would. Because of His forgiveness, there is no running total of my sins. He removes them as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Because of the loving sacrifice of Christ, He chooses not to remember my sin (Heb. 10:17).
There is no other response I can make but to worship Him! He is worthy of all my praise, fear and obedience! Not only does He forgive but He allows me to stand in His presence! “Holy God to Whom all praise is due, I stand in awe of You.”