Psalms: In You There Is Forgiveness – Psalm 130

Rev. Dave Middlebrook

9th October, 2016 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 130:1-8, John 11:17-45 |


Have you ever felt out of your depth? In fact the truth is: all of us are out of our depth, in trouble and to some extent drowning. The Psalmist recognises this as he says 'out of the depths I cry to you Lord...'(Psalm 130:1). The Psalmist is distressed because he recognises his sin and his humanity, and as such he cannot stand in the presence of a Holy God. All of us are in a similar position; none of us are worthy to stand in the presence of a Holy God. Of course the Psalmist then recognises that in God there is forgiveness, there is redemption (Psalm 130:4). We know that Christ has paid the price for our sin, and the sins of the whole world. The image of Lazarus dead in the tomb, smelling, and Christ calling him out, is a living parable. Christ calls us out of our sin, the removes those tangled grave clothes and lets us go. The words "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25) speak of a future eternity, but also speak of a life now, free from sin and guilt, even if we feel out of our depth in sin. "Do you believe this?" (John 11:26).

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