It’s less messy to ignore our sin, rather than facing it. But sometimes (like the week I’m writing this) my sin is so clear in my eyes that it is depressing or exhausting or both.
And actually, this is a good thing; it’s a ‘severe mercy.’ And it’s what God’s moral law is for… an x-ray to see our true condition (Rom 3:19-20).
If we pick and choose (or make our own) moral standards, then we probably won’t be bothered or burdened with our sin. But our reputation or our false hope or whatever else we’re trying to preserve is not worth living that lie.
But there is hope in the gospel – for believers and unbelievers. We can fall on Christ, and that’s what the song Psalm 130 is about. Before we look at the song, let’s look at the Psalm…
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
Psalm 130 (“From the Depths of Woe”)
There are some pretty old words and a lot of other lyrics in this song, so let’s look at more lyrics than we usually do. Click here for the lyrics in Spanish.
1. From the depths of woe I raise to Thee
The voice of lamentation;
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me
And hear my supplication;
If Thou iniquities dost mark,
Our secret sins and misdeeds dark,
O who shall stand before Thee?
“Lord, how can I come to You, since every single sinful thought and action that I have is exposed to You?”
2. To wash away the crimson stain,
Grace, grace alone availeth;
Our works, alas! Are all in vain;
In much the best life faileth;
No man can glory in Thy sight,
All must alike confess Thy might,
And live alone by mercy.
“Lord, in what ways do I try to work for your love? In what ways do I boast apart from You?”
3. Therefore my trust is in the Lord,
And not in mine own merit;
On Him my soul shall rest, His word
Upholds my fainting spirit;
His promised mercy is my fort,
My comfort and my sweet support;
I wait for it with patience.
“Jesus, thank You that You lived the life I should have lived and died the death I should have died!”
Click here for the full English lyrics and other song resources.
How about you?
What is something of your own merit or performance that you are tempted to put confidence in as you approach God or relate to others? (note: this can be hard to identify on our own)
What would it feel like if Christ’s life and death were all we needed for identity and reputation? (and they are!)