Psalm 130

Psalm 130 begins with the writer being in the depths of despair and in need of God’s help.  “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord”!  When things get tough, we can certainly get down in the dumps.  We can allow circumstances to overtake us and cause us to be overwhelmed and out of control.  It’s in those times we need to remember that God is there, and we can cry out to Him.  He won’t be on vacation or out to lunch.  God stands ready for our call.  The only question is whether we’ll cry out, or continue to try and deal with whatever the situation on our own.

That’s the problem with man – we want to be self-sufficient.  We want to do it ourselves and deal with things on our own.  But God desires us to cry out.  “O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy”!  God is listening.  He’s waiting for us to come to the end our ourselves and cry out to Him.  He knows we’re not perfect. “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand”?  And He is keeping score.  We will give account for our sins (iniquities) someday soon.  We’ll stand before Him and be asked to justify what we have done.

We have a problem when that happens.  It’s a three letter word called SIN.  Every one of us has the disease.  We are all guilty and face a very unpleasant future if left to answer on our own.  The good news is that God made a way for us to deal with our sin problem. His name was Jesus, and God sent Him to this earth to pay the ultimate price for our sin so we can experience His forgiveness.  “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared”.  Forgiveness is based on God’s love for us, and our fear of Him should be based on His justice and righteousness.

God has made a way.  “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope”.  God has given us hope for eternal life through Christ.  There is no other way, no other hope, no other life.  We can only achieve victory over our sin by a saving faith in Jesus Christ.  It isn’t limited.  “For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption”.  Redemption is plentiful and free if we’ll only accept His gift of grace and the love He expressed to us when He sent Christ to the Cross.  It’s there, it’s available, it’s free for you and me.  Have you taken Him up on it?

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