Living in Exile - 2/6/21
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Psalm 130:7-8 (MSG)
O Israel, wait and watch for God—
with God’s arrival comes love,
with God’s arrival comes generous redemption.
No doubt about it—he’ll redeem Israel,
buy back Israel from captivity to sin.
In the words of Eugene Peterson
Psalm 130 is essential equipment, for it convinces us that the big difference is not in what people suffer but in the way they suffer. This psalm is a powerful demonstration that our place in the depths is not out of bounds from God. This Psalm shows us that our hope comes not from our holiness, our performance, or our abilities, but is grounded in God’s steadfast love, in His plentiful redemption, in His sanctifying work. Cry out from your depths. Cry out to the LORD who hears. Cry out knowing He hears not because your sinless but because He forgives. Cry out and wait for His redemption not for worldly council. Cry out and wait in hope “For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”
Lord we stand before you with our pain, failures, and mistakes. We have fallen short in thought, word and deed. We recall your enduring love. We count on your continuing grace. We look forward to your redemption. Heal us. Restore us. Encourage us. Amen.
Keep the Faith ~ Pastor Art