Psalm 130: Awareness of our sin means we must trust in God's forgiveness
song of ascents.
Comments: In this eleventh short psalm of ascents, the
focused is turned from their neighbours, seen in the previous
psalm, but now upon themselves and their propensity to get it
wrong. He seeks God's mercy [v.1,2], aware of their sins [v.3]
and all he can do is trust in God's forgiveness [v.4]. Now, for
himself, all he can do is wait on the Lord in whom he puts his
hope [v.5,6] and calls his people to do the same [v.7], trusting
that He will redeem them all. It is with such an honest and trusting
attitude he continues to ascend towards the Lord's presence.]
A cry to God for mercy
of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
The psalmist is aware of their sins ….
you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
…. and he just has to trust in God's forgiveness
with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve
This creates in him a yearning to hear (approval) from the Lord
wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
All they could do is hope in His love, forgiveness and redemption
put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
… that indeed He would redeem them from their sins
himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
it is, simply put – we sin and get it wrong, and when we do, we
need to own up to it and [confessing it – see 1 Jn 1:9] trust
in God's forgiveness. This has to be at the heart of our relationship
with the holy God.]
to Psa 131