Out of the depths

15th November 2017

This week I have been reading Psalm 130. This is part of a group known as ‘a song of ascents’, as may well have been read/sung as the Jewish believers made their way (literally up) to the Temple in Jerusalem. This is a lament Psalm, as the writer reflects on his ‘state’ appealing to God to hear him. He then reminds himself of God’s gracious mercy...

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
Psalm 130:1-3 The NIV Bible

In life, we can feel distant from God, desperate for Him to hear our cry for mercy. The psalmist acknowledges that, but he also knows of the Holiness of God, meaning that he is actually unable to stand before Him because of his sin. However, the next line breaks the awesome news! God is merciful and God is forgiving! Sin is forgiven and we are able to stand before God...wow! Don’t forget, that as forgiven people we are now called to live a life of service for God too...

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

Town Centre Community Church

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