Psalm 130 reminds us of a stark truth

“if you, LORD should mark iniquities, who could stand?”

In other words, if God actually treated any of us like our sins really deserved we should be treated NONE of us are standing.

Here’s the but – “but with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” The astounding thing about Gods mercy and grace is that he offers us forgiveness. He does this so that others will see his grace and honor, revere, esteem him. (Or in Bible language ‘fear’ him)

God accomplishes this in Jesus, the work has already been done, what remains is to take that step of faith and to honor, revere, and esteem him with every area of our lives. To live a life of love for God and others, out of a grateful heart for his work in Jesus.

Verse 7-8 are good reminders, perhaps even one of those passages where because of Jesus, we can put our own names in it – “O, Mike, hope in the LORD. For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Mike from all his iniquities”.

We can never move on from this core message of the whole Bible, we must always keep it central – Gods redemptive plan in Jesus. We need to preach it to ourselves,
it central as our hope. As Hebrews 2:1 encourages us -“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. ”
We must also and proclaim this message to all – for there are many who think differently of God and are not aware of the simple pure truth of the Gospel.

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