Daily Devotional

”Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD, For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He shall redeem Israel From all his iniquities." Psalm130 NKJV

I had to read this Psalm over several times to finally realize how personal it was. My first thought was, “Oh Lord, thank you for your forgiveness, there are loved ones that I am so grateful for your forgiveness and mercy towards.” I was truly grateful for His loving goodness! But then I started looking up some of the words and realized my pharisaical eyesight!  Supplication is the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly. Iniquities means immoral or grossly unfair behavior. The psalmist was praying for himself, realizing that if the LORD marked any iniquity of his he would not be able to stand in His presence. Sometimes even with the best of intentions, we overlook our need for repentance and consecration.
With this corrected vision I reread the Psalm and was encouraged by the hope that it brought. As the Lord reveals our sin there is mercy and ABUNDANT REDEMPTION. Thank you Lord for the mercy and forgiveness you give to me. Help me LORD to come to Your word and wait to hear You as the watchman waits for the morning. Reveal my iniquities. And finally, thank You for redeeming me from them.
New King James Version (NKJV)
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