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14th December 2022


Praise Him in the Psalms

The psalms are a wonderful place to find constant encouragement to praise the Lord.
They contain profound & powerful expressions of every human experience.
We see praise & worship arising from the heights of jubilation & the depths of despair.
In every circumstance of life, however good, bad or indifferent, we can praise & give thanks unto the Lord.
Today we will look at Psalm 130.


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.

PSALM 130:1-4


The Lord is the one who hears the cries of His people.
His ear is ever inclined towards us (Psalm 17:6, 40:1, 116:2).
The psalmist is crying out in anguish from the depths of his being.
Crying out in despair to the One True & Living God who can deliver him.
In great need the psalmist cries out to the Great God.

Our God is great because with Him there is forgiveness.
In God we find grace & mercy because of His great love & mercy.
The psalmist trusts the Lord therefore he will wait on Him.
Looking unto the Lord in the midst of his despair & difficulty.
The comparison is made with a watchmen watching & waiting for the morning.
This is because sooner or later the light of the Lord will come & shine into our situation.
That waiting is therefore an active waiting – crying out (continually) in the expectation of mercy & deliverance.
The great desire of the psalmist is met with great effect by the forgiving love & mercy of the Lord.
God & His word are the trustworthy source of the psalmist’s sure hope.

The psalmist finds & draws comfort by taking heart through three remarkable benefits of the Lord.
Forgiveness, faithful covenant love & redemption.
The psalmist’s desire & great hope is that all may come to know these great & glorious boons.
The wonderful news for us is that in knowing Christ we gain all these great blessings, & even more in addition!!
Christ our saviour brings freedom & life through the forgiveness that flows from the cross.
He brings us into a new covenant through His redeeming love (Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 26:28).
Keep crying out & continually waiting upon the Lord whatever your circumstances.
He will meet you to bring deliverance in the midst of your distress. Hallelujah!!


For Reflection

  • What am I crying out to the Lord about right now?
  • When & how am I waiting upon the Lord?
  • Meditate upon the forgiveness, covenant love & redemption of the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are the great God,
The One who inclines his ear to me & ever hears my prayers.
Jesus thank you that You are my Redeemer,
That in You I have forgiveness, freedom & life.
Holy Spirit keep me patiently waiting on the Lord,
And trusting in His word.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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