If You Marked Iniquity, Who Could Stand?…Psalm 130

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. ( Psalm 130)

Psalm 130 is one of the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134). That means it was part of the Worship in the temple, as the Priests would climb the steps, or it was sung as a Pilgrim Song, as worshippers would flow “up to Zion” to partake of the Divine Services.

These psalms also have an eschatological edge to them. They anticipate Israel’s trials through the Tribulation, ( “I am for peace, but they are for War”) and end in the Sanctuary with those servants of God who had made it through the night (Tribulation), lifting up their hands in worshipful triumph.

Who has’t been in the depths from season to season? What makes the depths , the depths? The lack of the sense of God’s presence, He seems distant or even non existent. The ceaseless taunting of the enemy, the voices of condemnation and despair which can occur at full strength out in the depths.

The Depths make me think of the sea, the restless waves washing over, or battering and threatening to throw one into the sharp rocks, the frightful but unseen creatures which lurk below the surface, the sense of disorientation, fear, loss of control, which sweeps over us from time to time. These are the depths, the emotional, spiritual depths are where we find ourselves from time to time.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107)

Sometimes it takes going to the depths to draw out of our soul’s the deep heart cries unto God, out of pain, desperation, and even fear. We always need God, but don’t often know it.

We cry out to God, we lift our voice above the sound of the waves, “Please hear us, Please pay attention to us Oh lord!!! We beseech thee, we need you!} ” True faith is only really drawn out , out of a sense of need, a desperation. “God is the rewarder of those who dilligently seek Him! …The Fervant and effectal prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effectual”.

Jesus comes to us in the storm, just as he came to the disciples and to Peter when he almost drowned in the depths…those stories are for us also.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? ( Matthew 14;30-31)

But in the depths we are also confronted with our iniquities and sins. It always works that way with me… when there is trouble which pains me or scares me, I always seem to utter Prayers for forgiveness of my sins…. . Somehow I usually connect my trouble, pain and fear, with my own sins.

It is so true, what the Psalmist prays. If God held our sins against us…. none of us would stand a chance. We would just have to die, in despair. God is Holy and hates sin, but has made a Righteous way to remove the barrier of our sins which blocked the way to God’s loving help. Jesus came and died for those sins.

With you….there is forgiveness…that you may be feared (Worshipped).

With the LORD is plenteous mercy, with Him is Redemption and forgiveness! All of Israel’s troubles are currently stacking up, it is time for “Jacob’s trouble”. Night is soon to intensify, “the twilight becomes the evening, and the evening, the black and dark night”.

But Jesus died for those sins of Israel , as well as “the sins of the whole world”. Jesus is coming, the Redeemer is coming to Zion to take away sin… all Israel shall be saved”. She will soon “…look upon Me (Jesus) whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for him as for an only son…” (Zechariah 12:10)

When that day dawns, morning shall come for the whole world. The Apostles Paul reveals by the Holy Spirit,

For if the casting away of them (Israel) be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? (Romans 11:15)

So we wait for the morning, We keep our vigil through the night, praying and clinging to Jesus till the morning…

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

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26 Responses to If You Marked Iniquity, Who Could Stand?…Psalm 130

  1. Mark Boggia says:

    I think you should start doing something else, your job seems to be getting to you

  2. Obviously Mark – you are someone who has never suffered this personally yet. But for those of us who have, it’s called a fellowship of suffering with which we comfort each other as the Holy Spirit comforts us. Such a discouraging remark to make !

    • Mark Boggia says:

      My comment was made out of human compassion and to provide comfort through practical support. This is a biological human function made possible by the hormone oxytocin.

    • Mark Boggia says:

      Sounds more like wallowing I’m self pity

      • Tim says:

        I’m self pity

        Freudian slip?

      • Mark Boggia says:

        No not really Freudian, I’m happy and loved. I do hate religion though, but love the people. You maybe familiar with this form of argument.

      • Tim says:

        I do hate religion though

        I’m not too keen on religion myself, but I’m very aware of why I’m grateful to know the Creator.
        Atheism is merely one of many false religions with a foundation in truth-denial.

      • Tim says:

        In reality you seem far more religious and devoted to your own message about God than a lot of Christians are devoted to theirs.

  3. Fay Dash says:

    As Paul said, his desire was “That I might attain to the power of His Resurrection and the fellowship of His Suffering!” Jesus is with us in all!

  4. Love your work Pst Bill! Always encouraging and speaks to me for what I’m experiencing.

    This scripture is on my heart :
    “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” Isaiah 59:19

    Blessings,
    Belinda

  5. Mark Boggia says:

    The battle of reason over superstition and the fear based self righteous approach to life is sadly an ongoing battle. If you have witnessed the division and hatred that results you can not stand idly by.

    • Tim says:

      You shouldn’t overestimate mankind’s ability to “reason” – a clear example of self-importance and hubris.

      • Mark Boggia says:

        Indeed, Nor his inclination to self delusion and tendency to type 1/false positive errors of judgement as in Pascal’s wager

      • Mark Boggia says:

        Religion is sadly part of the human condition

      • Tim says:

        Religion is sadly part of the human condition

        I thank God that He sent Jesus to free us from “the human condition”.

      • Mark Boggia says:

        Unfortunately the converse is true, in that you have been imprisoned by your religion, you are in a sort of celestial North Korea, fed a diet of fear and guilt.

      • Tim says:

        Fear and guilt ?
        You’ve clearly been listening to the wrong people and the wrong message?

        Being freed from the “human condition” brings freedom from any need for guilt.
        The gospel is about a gift of forgiveness and cleansing from those things of which we know we are guilty. The primary thing being a rejection of Creator God and the attitude of self-importance that results.

        Those who deny their guilt of anything are victims of the same kind of hubris that leads them to overestimate not only their own ability to “reason”, but also the value of what they have reasoned for themselves.

      • Mark Boggia says:

        Tim, how about Psalm 103:17
        ”But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him.” how about the fear of going to hell or the guilt that he died for our sins. Your religion is littered with these messages, as is pastor Bills blog. Your relationship with him is effectively said-masochistic.

  6. Tim says:

    The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. It’s not surprising that those who “deny God in their hearts” are referred to as fools. Denial of God cuts the denier off from access to wisdom.
    Fear is not bad thing – not to be confused with a phobia. The first instils a healthy respect, the latter paralyses.

    Why should anyone feel guilty that Jesus died for our sins? He did it freely, of His own will as an expression of Divine love – and then He rose again, defeating death.
    As for fear of hell, while that may motivate some to turn to Jesus, it’s not something that sustains a Christian, and it’s NOT really what the gospel is about. Believers are saved FOR something. We are not saved from hell – we are saved from the sin (the human condition) that makes us unfit to be citizens of God’s coming new creation.
    Jesus describes “hell” in terms of a garbage dump, using the label “Gehenna”, the valley outside Jerusalem where the city’s waste was disposed of. God’s new creation excludes everything and everyone that would pollute it.

    Sadly your understanding of Christianity is clearly polluted by dangerous religious ideas you’ve picked up somewhere – not insignificantly the damaging religion of atheism and its prophets.

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