6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” – Romans 4:6-8
Paul quotes from psalm 32 which is a great Psalm all about receiving forgiveness and trusting in the Lord. Paul knew the power of repentance:
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah – Psalm 32:5
But the repentance was not paid for by works, there is no record of having to do acts of penance in the bible. Forgiveness is given freely, by the grace of God, because of what Jesus did for us. God counts the righteousness of Jesus as ours. If we repent of our sins, that means honestly change our mind about our failures and genuinely ask God to forgive us, He washes us clean form our sins.
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:5-7
30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
We are so blessed. Blessed beyond measure. We have an eternal hope, a sure foundation, the promise of redemption, the love of our redeemer. We can truly boast in the Lord.