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The Means of His grace helping us to find our participation in His work of Redemption

 

Who could stand?

Psalm 130

 

Ex Libris Alexus Minimus

A commentary from the pastor’s library

Crying for Help (130:1–2). “The word ‘depths’ … names the chaotic forces that confront human life with destruction, devastation, and death, and that are regularly symbolized by water” (McCann 1996:1205). It is as if the psalmist was about to drown in the deep waters of personal distress (see 69:1–2, 14). But like Jonah (Jonah 2:2), the psalmist did not give up and die but cried out (qara’ [7121, 7924]) to God from that watery abyss of despair. He pleaded with God to hear his cry for help and to answer his prayer. When there seems to be no hope in our circumstances, as was the case with Abraham (see Rom 4:18), God is there. We can cry out to him from our own depths and believe him for what we cannot see at the moment.

Futato, M. D. (2009). The Book of Psalms. In Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, Vol 7: The Book of Psalms, The Book of Proverbs (p. 394). Tyndale House Publishers.

 

TO SEE.

Knowing the Person & Work of the Triune God of the Universe.

“The Beauty of the Triune God cements the legal foundation for the forgiveness He offers in the Gospel.” What does the formality depicted in this statement say about His Person & Work?

 

TO ENJOY.

Motivation and support to imitate His humanity through the service to others.

How are verses 5 and 6 a motivation against discouragement when serving others in His name?

 

TO SHARE.

Telling others about His work in your life.

How public is your reverence (fear) of the LORD?

 

Extra Resources

Out of the Depths I Cry to You – Turning to Psalms in Depression

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