Text: "O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption" (Psalm 130:7).
Thought: This Psalm moves from being intensely personal (vv. 1-6) to a call for all God's people to hope in the Lord (vv. 7-8). I am viewing this Psalm through the lens of the phrase "there is mercy with the Lord."
There is mercy with the Lord, and we can experience the Lord's mercy. Indeed, without the mercy of the Lord, we are hopeless and helpless when we find ourselves in the depths of need and despair. This is a Psalm that gives God's people hope even in the midst of the most difficult and desperate circumstances.
1) Our cry from the depths can be heard-because "there is mercy with the Lord."
"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" (v.1).
The Psalmist is personally sensing distance from God, and speaks of himself as being in the depths. What are these "depths"? This seems to refer to the personal experience of an individual who senses that his sin has distanced him from God. Not only so, the crier seems to be in the midst of circumstances that are hard to bear.
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