Friday, May 6, 2011

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
2O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.

5I wait for the LORD,my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

7O Israel hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

Questions to consider:

  • What depths do you think the author is talking about here?
  • What request does the author make?
  • What qualities of God does the author praise?
Possibilities for prayer:

It's pretty convicting to think about God keeping a tally sheet of the things that we've done in our lives...I don't know about you, but it's not always clear to me whether the good things would outweigh the bad. But praise the Lord for forgiveness (and that's definitely what the author here is doing!) because that means that this treacherous tally sheet gets thrown at the window. Today, take some time to ask for forgiveness for the things that you haven't yet confessed, and then bask in the grace and forgiveness that God offers us. You might want to offer up a prayer of thanks and gratitude for that...and maybe even sing a song or two!