Happy Easter! I hope you have had a blessed holiday! This week in my personal Bible study I had planned to revisit the trial of Jesus, crucifixion and resurrection story in the gospels. Instead, God pointed me to Psalm 130.
Psalm 130: Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord,
2 Lord hear my voice: Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, Lord shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Recently I had been feeling somewhat discouraged due to some stressful situations and unanswered prayer, and I had certainly not been trusting God fully. As a result I felt guilty and overwhelmed. I kept thinking I had failed and “disappointed” the Lord yet again! After all he has done for me, how can I possibly repeat this pattern of lacking faith? I had certainly asked for forgiveness and believed that he paid my sin debt in full on that Good Friday so long ago, but I was still holding on to despair over a few issues.