READ PSALM 130: 1-4
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
We’re called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds – to decrease so that he might increase.
This is a refreshing and beautiful calling and there are even moments of Grace where these ideals become a very tangible reality. Then there are the other times. The times when it seems like if anything, I’m headed backwards.
It seems that the list of things I continue to get wrong, the sins that I continually find myself entangled in can form a list that tempts me to wonder if I am really living a life worthy of the calling – that the list I am reviewing is simply too long. Psalm 130 breaks through this false notion with a bang: with the Lord, it isn’t about lists, measuring up is a hopeless act anyway – there is forgiveness. It isn’t a forgiveness that leaves us alone either, but one that takes us from our ditch and empowers us to reverently serve Him.
Spend a few moments in quiet reflection on the sins that you’ve done and the good you’ve left undone. Confess these sins to the Lord who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Pray for a renewed calling to serve Him with reverence in all that you do.
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