In The Word
Read: Psalm 130 – 131
Hope in the Lord’s Forgiving Love.
A Song of Ascents.
130 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.
Childlike Trust in the Lord.
A Song of Ascents, of David.
131 O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.
2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Walking In The Word
In Psalm 130, the writer cried out to the Father for Him to hear his voice. It was not a cry for daily needs, but a cry of repentance. Even in the Old Testament, the writers understood the relationship between the righteousness of God and their own iniquities; they knew they needed forgiveness. At that time, sin could only be covered by the blood of animals. It would take a miracle for the sins of men to be forgiven, for their sins not to be held against them. With the Lord, there is “loving-kindness” and “abundant redemption” (Psalm 130:7) and it came in the form of Jesus Christ.
Man had a guilt problem, being guilty of sin, and it came from the original sin committed by Adam. This sin kept man from the presence of God. God is holy and just, and man could not approach such a holy being as God. But God made a way from the very beginning by sending His righteous Son, without blemish, to accept the penalty of death in man’s place. Now, when we accept this gift from God, of what Jesus did for us at Calvary, we are covered with a different blood. Not a blood of goats and lambs, but the very blood of Jesus Christ which gives us right-standing with God. When God looks at you, when you have received His Son as your Lord and Savior, He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ, not the old you. We are not the writers of old, waiting for the morning to come (Psalm 130:6); the morning is here! It is His Son Jesus Christ!