Read: Psalm 130
Psalm 130:3 “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?”
Out of the depths” The psalmist cries to God (Ps. 130:1). His problem surfaces: terrible guilt for things done and undone in the past. “If You Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (v.3).
But thankfully, God forgives. He does not keep an account of past sins, no matter how many or how grievous they have been. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). God’s forgiveness then leads us to fear Him (Ps. 130:4). We Worship and adore God, for grace and forgiveness cause us to love Him all the more.
But what happens if we slide back into old sins? What if sin lingers? We are to ask forgiveness and “wait for the Lord”. He is willing to forgive us and cleanse us again. We can “hope” in the One who will deliver us in His time.
We now have these two assurances: God’s unfailing love, He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5). And God’s promise of full redemption in due time, He will redeem us from all our iniquities (Ps 130:8) and present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy (Jude 24).
We’re forgiven! We’re free! with the psalmist, let’s worship the Lord as we await His coming. — David Roper
How blest is he whose trespass
Has freely been forgiven,
Whose sin is wholly covered
Before the sight of Heaven — Psalter
When we’re forgiven, no record is kept of our failures.