September 8, 2021

September 8, 2021

Author: Mark Bauer
September 08, 2021

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my please for mercy!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope;
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”

Psalm 130

As we look at this Psalm, I would like us to focus on the desperate cry for mercy. The Psalm begins with a picture of the psalmist crying out from the depths. In verse 1 we read, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!” It is clear the psalmist is in a desperate condition. He describes himself as being in the depths, a picture of himself submerged in water. The waters are deep, too deep for him to stand. He is unable to keep his head above the waters.

It seems that this desperate condition of the psalmist is based on a recognition of the depths of his sin. Look down at verse 3 & we read this, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who should stand?” It seems as though the reality of the exceeding sinfulness of his sin is overwhelming him. He is being engulfed, as it were, by the waters of his sin. In this desperate condition, he is unable to do anything—anything other than to cry out for help. He looks to the Lord here. He cries to the Lord, he pleads to the Lord for mercy. Because he knows that, “with you there is forgiveness” (v. 4).

Therefore, despite this desperate condition the psalmist is in, he has hope. His hope is in the Lord. And because he has hope, he is able to wait. To wait upon the Lord. To wait with a confident hope, like the confidence of a watchman waiting for the morning (v. 5). The watchman knows the morning will come and the sun will rise.

So too, we can have confidence in our Savior, our Hope, Jesus Christ. For with the Lord there is steadfast love and plentiful righteousness. We have the hope of being redeemed from all our iniquities (v. 6 & 7). This is a redemption that is based on the work of Christ on the cross. For his steadfast love is demonstrated, in a way, to sinners by his death, redeeming us from our sins. The penalty of our sin has been paid. Because of that, we have confidence in Christ. A greater confidence than any watchman who is waiting for the sun to rise in the morning. For we know that Christ is faithful, because He has promised us that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).

So, no matter how deep in sin we may feel, no matter how sorrowful we are because of our sin, we can cry out to the Lord for his help. We can plead to him for his mercy. Because we know that there is forgiveness with the Lord. Christ will forgive. He will forgive by his steadfast love.

I hope this Psalm provides us a wonderful reminder of God’s mercy to sinners. With that, I hope it gives us an encouragement to cry out to God for forgiveness of sin, spurred on by our hope in Christ. We see that God’s ear is attentive to our cries for mercy. We see that God is ready to hear our cry and meet our greatest need, the one for forgiveness for sin.

As we pray, I suggest this Psalm should also give us confidence to pray to God for help for all of our needs. Paul argued from the greater to the lesser in Romans 8:32 by saying, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” In the same way, we know that God is a gracious God, He is a merciful God, and He is a God Who is ready to hear all of our prayers. He hears our desperate pleas for mercy and help, our prayers for forgiveness for sin, but also all of our prayers for help in times when we may feel like we may be in the depths of despair caused by severe trials, by intense suffering, or by other burdens we may be bearing that seem to threaten to overwhelm us. I hope that this Psalm will help us to remember to cry out to the Lord and that He is a merciful God.