"Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins...who could stand?"
When I read this psalm, my heart breaks for those who have not yielded their lives to Christ. Almost every week I read in the news of a famous movie star or rich and influential person who takes his/her life. This world simply held no hope for them. The psalmist recognizes that on our own merits, we could never stand before the Lord. There is nothing we can do – no riches we can amass or accolades we can earn – that will redeem us or save us. God has provided the redemption we need.
When Jesus stepped from glory and became a baby in Bethlehem, He made a way for us to be saved. God’s rescue plan that His Word told of since the beginning of the world was set in motion. Now, when we acknowledge our sinfulness and inability to change on our own, we grasp the truth that only Jesus can make a lasting difference in our lives.
At that point, “out of the depths,” as this psalm begins, we invite Jesus into our hearts. His redemption overshadows us; we have a place of hope
and peace we’d never known in the past.
ONLY IN JESUS' UNFAILING LOVE AND FORGIVENESS DO WE HAVE HOPE.