Friday, October 28, 2016

Trust In The Lord

Psalm 130:1-8

A Song of degrees

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.   Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” (Psalm 130:1-2)

Even though we believe in God, our emotions are affected by other factors, including our concerns, our physical health, and the attitudes of those we associate with.  When we are in despair, and feel like there is no hope, those who believe in God can turn to him for help, and obtain victory easily.  Those who do not believe have to depend on friends, counselors, alcohol, or drugs, none of which can work directly on the mind while at the same time solving the problem causing the emotions. 

When we turn to God, he is ready to listen and address the problems that are troubling us.  The one thing that prevents his hearing us is an attitude of wickedness.  Isaiah 59:1-2 tells us, “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:   But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”  People who persist in sin should not expect God to come to their rescue.  If they are willing to change, I John 1:9 promises, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

“If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:3-4)

If God was not willing to forgive, there would be no one able to stand before him, Because as Romans 3:10-18 tells us, “…There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known:  There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Because God is merciful and willing to forgive, our sin can be eliminated.   Hebrews 8:12 promises, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”   Those who have taken responsibility and repented of their sins will never have God bring them up again, even at the Great White Throne Judgment.   Psalm 103:12 tells us, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”  Recognition that he can and will forgive if we honestly confess should produce a sense of respectful fear of God, rather than a hatred or terror. 

“I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5-6)

The psalmist has put his faith in God, and is waiting for him to take action.  He is more sure God will fulfil his promise than he is that the sun will come up in the morning. 

“Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.  And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” (Psalm 130:7-8)

God’s people need to put their trust in God, rather than in the world’s power.  No president, court action or military move can accomplish what God can do just by speaking, and he is willing to use all his power on behalf of his people.  He has already promised to deliver them from all the world and Satanic power , freeing them from all the effects of their sin.  Trust In the Lord.

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