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Psalm 130 (NIV)
1 Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Here we have another opportunity to turn to God in the midst of our need. And here, in this psalm, we catch a glimpse of God clothed in forgiveness and mercy. We are now only a few weeks away from Holy Week, when we will focus on Jesus’ final days on earth; when we will see his sacrifice and know his forgiveness. And here, in the words of this psalm, written generations before, we see that our God has not changed. It is in God’s very nature to love us with an everlasting love. It is in God’s perfect character to bring redemption to his people. Let us praise God that, in all things, we may turn to him for help, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. Today, let us praise God that we are redeemed and made perfect in his sight. Amen.