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Out of the Depths

March 21, 2019

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Out of the Depths

Psalm 130 expresses some very important truths  about God,  our Creator and Redeemer.     There,  the psalmist sings,

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.

I wait  for the LORD,  my soul  waits,    
and in His word  I put my hope.    
My soul  waits  for the Lord    
more than watchmen  wait for the morning,    
more than watchmen  wait for the morning.

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.

This psalmist was  in the very depths  of despair — so much so  that he cried out  to the Lord.     In his despair,  he felt ever so far away  from God — right at a time  when he also felt  a great need  for God.

Often times,  when people despair  over their sins,  they think only about their situation  and allow their despairing  to become a big  pity-party.    That doesn’t help matters one bit.     The psalmist realized this.     So,  instead of concentrating  on his sins,  he remembers  just who the LORD is,  and how God has  faithfully been with His people  since the beginning of time.

Feeling sorry for ourselves  only makes one feel more hopeless, because it is being self-centered.     That is why  the psalmist turned to God,  giving his full attention  to God’s promises  of forgiveness  throughout His word.    God’s word  shows repeatedly  that God does not keep an ongoing record  of the sins  that are confessed to Him.     Instead,  God wants us  to confess our sins,  so that He can forgive them  immediately,  and we can joyfully live  in the freedom  of forgiveness.

God does not hold anything  against us  when we ask  for His forgiveness.     His forgiveness is real  and sincere.     It is gladly given  with a most tender love.     God actually longs  for us  to always come to Him  regarding our sins.     He wants us  to trust Him  and the truths  of His salvation  in Jesus Christ.

So,  we are not to hang back  and dejectedly feel  that God does not want  to hear from us  about any  of our troubles.     Our Lord  is inviting us  to come to Him,  so that we can  unburden  all of our sins  with Him.    The psalmist pleads with everyone  to put their hope  in the LORD’s  unfailing love  and full redemption.

That is just facing the truth  about who God is  — His holiness — His proven love  in Jesus Christ — and His faithfulness  in keeping His promises.     Facing the truth gives us the relief  we need.

In the peace  of trusting God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!    We need only You  to wash away our sins.     Only You have the authority and power  to cleanse us  in Jesus Christ.    Thank You  for this life-giving gift.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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