With the Lord, There is Mercy (Psalm 130).
Everything seems to be mixed up right now, with problems throughout the world. Country against country, religion against religion, race against race. What are we to do; where do we turn? As always, we turn to God in our hours of need.
The somewhat haunting Psalm 130 goes from a chaotic cry and feeling of despair to one of redemption and the promise of expected help. In the first two verses, a call goes out to the Lord for his assistance because storms are brewing in this life; there is a sense of frustration, of helplessness. There doesn’t seem to be anything a person can do to make things better. This is not the first time the Lord has been summoned, and his responses have always been full of grace and mercy.
Verse 3 continues with the admission of guilt, of a state of sin, reminding God that if an account of all our failings were kept, then no one could ever hope to face God. The need for forgiveness, for compassionate absolving, needs the loving touch of the creator. God has promised that he not only forgives but forgets the sins we commit, and we rely on his solemn promise. We trust in his saving word.
Finally, there is an assurance to God that we believe in him and are certain that his help is coming. But then the question, when, oh Lord? We turn to you again and again in hopeful praise. Your penetrating love lifts our hearts and spirits. We celebrate the power that restores us. We find hope in you, Lord, in your steadfast love and redeeming grace which brings us eternal joy!
Will you wait and watch for him? Will you focus your faith on God? He will restore you to his loving heart.
Let Us Pray:
Oh God, how wonderful it is for us and how pleasing it must be to you when your people learn how to live and work together. Slowly, we begin to come closer to you, become more pleasing to you, and carry out your mission in our broken world. We bless your holy name and rejoice in your loving concern for us. Amen.
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