Out of the Depths, I Cry!
Scripture reading for June 30th: Psalms 128-134
When journeying to the House of the Lord, one begins to think about the need to have mercy for our sins. We are all sinners and are aware that we have broken God’s laws. Those laws are initially written on our conscience. For Israel, they were written on tablets of stone and then written into the Law of God as received by Moses. Breaking of those commandments brought the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness. A sacrifice of blood must be presented by one of the priests. God must accept the sacrifice and forgive the one who offended Him and broke His law.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.” (Psalms 130:1-4) As the psalmist travels onward toward the temple, he begins to call out to God for mercy. He knows his need of forgiveness and mercy and asks unashamedly in faith. He also acknowledges that none could stand if God kept a record. We know that He does keep good records! (Revelation 20:11-12)
The psalmist waited in anticipation for the Lord. The waiting was one of eager expectation of God’s mercy and comforting presence. “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He Himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” (Psalm 130:7-8)
Like the psalmist in this psalm, we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ and know that our sins are forgiven and that we have a glorious future in His presence. This blessed hope causes us to cleanse our lives from all sins and live in the same holy expectation. (Titus 2:11-14) Like the watchman waiting for the morning, we wait for the trumpet to sound and Jesus Christ to return. His unfailing love is better than life and full redemption includes a glorified body and unspeakable joy with Him forever! He will redeem Israel from all her sins as well as they trust in Him! Praise the Lord!