April 20, 2018
(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)
We probably should have started our Waiting series with this study about what Wait On The LORD means. For if we do not understand what is involved to Wait On The LORD, how will we learn that important part of Christian faith and acquire the derived benefits (such as courage – discussed in the last two blogs)? Here is one of the premier Scriptures that directs us to Wait On The LORD – Psalm 130:1 through 6:
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD…hear my voice! Let
Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If you, LORD,
should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand? But there is for-
giveness with You, that You may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my
soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the LORD
more than those who watch for the morning….
In my study of Scriptures that tell us to Wait On The LORD, most passages deal with the benefits derived from such waiting. But this passage deals with how we are to Wait On The LORD!
• The first four verses put forth the basic idea of salvation!
✞ Verse 1 – “Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord….” To be saved from sin, we must recognize we are flagrant sinners!
▸ We can always feel better about ourselves when we find someone who is a worse sinner than we are. But the apostle Paul tells us in II Corinthians 10:12: “…they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” Not being wise is being foolish! And we are rightly informed in Psalm 14:1: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ ” If you are not wise with the wisdom that comes from knowing God, then you are foolish, in that you are acting like there is no God !
▸ By what then should we should be measuring ourselves? By God’s standard! And what is His standard? In Matthew 5:48 Jesus defines God’s standard: “…you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Just be as perfect as God, and you are accepted by Him! Who can ever meet that standard? No wonder Paul writes in Romans 3:10 and 23: “There is none righteous, no not one…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
▸ Thank God that there is One who met God’s standard of perfection – Jesus Christ! As it says in I Peter 2:22, He “…committed no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth.” And praise Him that He offers us His perfection to wear as a robe! (See Isaiah 61:10; II Corinthians 5:21). And so we can stand as if we are perfect before God! (See Ephesians 1:6).
▸ We are sinners, in the depths of sin! And we must acknowledge that – to ourselves and to God if we are to be saved and wear that perfect robe of righteousness!
✞ Verse 2 – “LORD, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.”
▸ Supplications are generally prayers for oneself. We need to get ourselves right with God before we can intercede for others!
▸ When we realize we are so lost in the depths of sin with no one else and no where else to turn, then there is only one thing left to do – turn to the LORD!
▸ This reminds me of Isaiah pleading to the sinner in Isaiah 55:6 and 7 – what he or she should do…
Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is
near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on
him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
✞ Verse 3 – “If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand?” I think this goes along with verse 1: “Out of the depths….” When we realize the depths of our depravity, then we begin to understand that the only way out of our spiritual dilemma is for the LORD not to mark [take full notice of] our iniquities! For no one could stand if He did!
✞ Verse 4 – “But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.” Thank God that there is forgiveness with Him! And such forgiveness that…
▸ …Psalm 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
▸ …Isaiah 1:18 – “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
▸ …Micah 7:19 – “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
▸ …Colossians 2:13 and 14 – God forgave “…you all trespasses….And He has taken [them]…out of the way, having nailed [them]…to the cross.”
▸ …Hebrews 10:17 (quoting Jeremiah 31:34) – “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
✞ Verse 4 – “…that You may be feared…” might also be read “…so that we should stand in awe of You….” (Good News Bible).
All this is in preparation for us to Wait On The LORD – which, in verses 5 and 6, we are told how to accomplish this. We will cover these two verses in Monday’s blog.