Monday, October 25, 2010

Out of the Depths

“Out of the depths I call to You, Lord!” (Psalm 130:1)

Out of what depths? In this case, it was out of the depths of sin and the guilt and despair that goes with it.

Psalm 130 is a genuinely great expression of one of the greatest truths of our faith: Our God is a forgiving God. If God refused to forgive, if He retained our sins and constantly rubbed our faces in it, who could endure that? There would be no hope, no joy, and no real life, and this life would be nothing but sorrow upon sorrow, hurt upon hurt. But with our Lord there is faithful love, redemption overflowing, and absolute forgiveness. This is the reason we put our hope in Him.

We know that when we cry out to God from the depths of sin and guilt, His ears are attentive to our cries. He cares, and He loves us enough to forgive us and cleanse us. That love was displayed openly at a place called Golgotha. There the Lord revealed His love for us with a statement unequaled anywhere.

One of the enduringly warm joys of our lives is that with our God there is faithful love and forgiveness. And that is something we want our whole world to know.

Lord, As we have experienced Your forgiveness and redemption, help us to share that truth with others who need to experience it as well. Amen.

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