Micah 7:18-19 is one of several places in scripture that reminds us just how merciful God really is. He’s so compassionate, merciful, and loving that he holds back from giving us what we really deserve if we are humble enough to turn away from evil and embrace him. When he unleashes his anger, it is always done in a just manner but is relatively for a short time for those of us who are part of his heritage. That’s because he is overjoyed when he gets opportunities to show us mercy.
That compassionate side of him prompts him to subdue our sinfulness in at least two ways. First, he frees us from being slaves to our sin by destroying our old sin nature, granting us power to keep our flesh in check (Romans 6:6-7). Secondly, he has taken great measures to make sure that the freedom from and victory over sin and death made available to his children cannot in any way be undone by anyone, including himself (Romans 8:1-2). This is why they are symbolically cast in the depths of the sea when we repent, to be completely forgotten, totally expunged, never to emerge again as a vengeful grudge against us.
Micah so eloquently expresses all of that in these words:
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7
Our God is unique in that all the other gods (conjured up by man) can be quite merciless when their followers offend them and when they require their followers to do something for them, those gods still may not be appeased. Micah’s words tie in to what God verifies about himself in the following scriptures:
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:8-10
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:7
When God delights in doing this for us, it will bring us great delight and peace of mind when we let those truths sink into our minds and spirits.