“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. 3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.” ~PSALM 130:1-4
Some translations of Psalm 130:3-4 say, “If You keep account of sins, O LORD, Lord, who will survive? Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe.”
Awe means to have a fealing of wonder and reverance even to the point of fear. When we consider all that Christ, our Savior, God and King did for us in His perfect love, how He has transformed us and loved us with an everlasting, unwavering, unfailing, unmerited love, one can do nothing short of be in awe.
The Lord through the finished work of Christ has delivered us from the curse of the law but has also carried away our sins and remembers our lawless deeds no longer (HEBREWS 8:12). In Him forevermore we are eternally righteous. We are His righteousness no matter our shortcomings.
Does this mean we will not fail or fall? No. But what it does mean is that we, as His perfect Rightousness in Christ, through faith and not of our own efforts or works, have been blessed by His Holy Spirit to rise up again and again and again! In fact, PROVERBS 24:16 tells us the righteous man will fall but it also tells us that he will get back up again.
In Him, in Christ Jesus our Righteousness, we are made able to always rise in grace, moving beyond our failures and shortcomings. We rise from glory to glory (II COR. 3:18).
We rise because He lifts us up from our depths and sin (PSALM 40:2).
We rise because He has born our iniquities, sin, death, sicknesses, and pain and carried them all away from us, nailing them to the cross and burying them in the grave (ISA. 53)
We rise because He rose, and in His rising, we are justified (ROM. 4:24-25).
We rise because when we were His enemies still He chose and chooses to love us (ROM. 5:7-10).
His love and sacrifice for us is nothing short of wonde. The fact that He loves us deeper and that there is NOTHING that can seperate us from Him (ROM. 8:31-39), nothing we can say or do, leaves me in awe.
“Out of the depths I call You, O LORD. O Lord, listen to my cry; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy. If You keep account of sins, O LORD, Lord, who will survive? Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe. I look to the LORD; I look to Him; I await His word. I am more eager fo rthe Lord than watchmen for the morning, watchmen for the morning. O Israel, wait for the LORD; for with the LORD is steadfast love and great power to redeem. It is He who will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.” ~PSALM 130 The Jewish Publication Society
~Poiema, Poetry in Motion