If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared. (Psalm 130:3, 4 ESV)
This first verse tells us that no one can stand before the Lord on his own. All have sinned and all deserve God’s condemnation. But that is not the point of the psalmist here. His point is that God’s forgiveness allows us to stand before God without being condemned. God’s forgiveness, thus, is like Christmas morning. It should blow your socks off! In fact, it is such a powerful thing that the psalmist writes, “with you there is forgiveness THAT you may be feared.”
We don’t normally associate forgiveness and fear. Instead we think, because we are forgiven we need NOT fear. The Bible speaks of fear in more ways than one, however. It is a reverence. It is awe. It is the realization that God has the power even over death, the most certain of all things. Fear, in this sense, is good and something that we need to recover as God’s people. We too easily take God’s forgiveness for granted, as though we deserve it.
Does God’s forgiveness move you? How so?
Praise God this morning for his forgiveness!
McCheyne’s reading plan: 2 Ch 21, Re 9, Zech 5, Ps 129-131