(Psalm 130) Pastor Carol Weist
A deep, deep place. A deep, deep hole.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.” (Psalm 130:1)
No matter how deep the place you are at, you can cry to the Lord. “Lord, hear my voice!” (130:2) We may wonder if God hears. It is OK to cry out, Lord, listen to me!
Lord, hear my prayer. Yes, of course, in calmer, more peaceful, less troubled times, we know God hears.
It is right in scripture that it is OK to cry out “Lord, hear my voice!” with an exclamation of demand, the demand for attention and attentiveness from God.
Then there is a moment of questioning, a question of who can stand. “Who could stand, if you, O Lord, should mark iniquities?” (130:3)
Iniquities are not inequity. Equity is what is fair and just. Inequity is what is not fair, what is unjust. Inequity has an “e” as the second vowel. Iniquity has all “i”’s as vowels except for that “y” at the end, as in “I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
At times we cry out “Why?” “Why Lord, are you picking on me?”, or “Why, Lord, is everybody else picking on me?” and then we question ourselves, we examine ourselves. The result is one becomes attentive to the fact that I have sinned. Just as trespass is another word for sin, so iniquity is another word for sin, for “I have sinned”.
If any one of us had to stand there while the Lord made a mark for each and every sin committed, any one of us would be there longer than any person could possibly stand. There might be big marks for big sins and lots of little marks, lots and lots of little marks for multitudes of little sins, multitudes of untrusting moments.
God does not make each one of us stand there for going on forever while he marks down all our sins. As part of our discipleship, as part of our learning to be followers of Jesus, we learn that there is forgiveness with Jesus, that when we remember and acknowledge that we are forgiven, then we can freely reverence God. (130:4) Continue reading