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.
In his loving kindness and wisdom God directed me to Psalm 130. The Book of Psalms illustrates that all believers throughout history have faced similar challenges in their walks of faith with the Lord. As always, God knew exactly what scripture I needed to meditate upon. The Holy Spirit used Psalm 130 to give me a few important “reminders ” to help me through what I am facing:
-A reminder that I am human! It is normal to fall into despair now and again, no matter how hard we try to “do everything right.”
-A reminder that He has paid the price for my sin, my despair, and to continue to hope in him.
-A reminder that he sees and knows my despair.
-A reminder to wait upon him and watch for him to work…to watch for him continually!
-A reminder that IF he were, in fact, a vengeful God who repaid us for what we have done or have not done, I would be in trouble…BUT He isn’t! He is loving, and gracious! He went to the cross to take care of my shortcomings. In him I can find PLENTIFUL mercy, and the forgiveness of ALL my sin. What amazing grace!
Here is my personal prayer and reflection on Psalm 130:
Lord, you understand the very deep places in my soul where I am empty and crying out to you—the depths that cannot be described in words. Lord, you hear my voice, and you turn your ear to the requests and needs of your children! If you should mark iniquities- ( Merrian Webster 1 : gross injustice : wickedness. 2 : a wicked act or thing : sin) who shall stand? Certainly not I!
But there is FORGIVENESS with you! Thank you Lord God for your infinite kindness, grace, mercy! You keep your promises and provide awesome forgiveness that you may be feared- ( Merrian Webster 3 : to have profound reverence and awe especially toward God).
I wait for you Lord, my soul waits for you and in your word! Your word that sustains me, refreshes me, and reminds me that even when I fail you, you will not mark my iniquities (failures, lack of faith, shortcomings, sin, rebellion, lukewarmness) because of your atoning sacrifice! Without your word in my life daily, I am weak, I am hungry and thirsty. But if I truly follow you and seek you, you promise that I will never hunger or thirst!
Lord, when I am empty, and you are silent, I wait for you. More than those that wait for the renewal of each day, I LONG for you to fill me, to keep your promises, to sustain me. More than those that wait for the morning, I will wait upon you to fill me again! Let Israel (God’s chosen people, his children, the body of Christ—yes, even Me!) HOPE in the Lord! For with the Lord is PLENTEOUS- ( Merrian Webster 1. existing in large amounts : plentiful or abundant) REDEMPTION- ( Merrian Webster 2. the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt)! You forgive me BIG TIME, ALL THE TIME!
Jesus, as all believers celebrate Easter, we remember your sacrifice and resurrection that assures us this good news that you promised us in Psalm 130 and all throughout scripture…You shall redeem Israel (Me! A daughter of the king, and all of those who believe!) from all of my/our iniquities…which are so many! I can forgive myself for my lack of faith and discipline. I can trust you to take care of ALL my needs!
Praise to you Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ the son who laid down your life for us, and Holy Spirit who lives within each believer to enable us to live a life that is pleasing to you. No greater love, what amazing grace!
Happy Easter! May you be blessed and reminded of his unfailing, never ending, AMAZING GRACE!
Love in Christ,
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Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.