Our scripture this morning is Psalms 130:1-5.

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130 is one of the Penitential Psalms (along with 6, 32, 38, 51, 102 and 143). These express our sorrow for our sin and our longing to be reconnected to God. The psalmist asks God to be “attentive to my cry for mercy”, to be relieved of the just penalty for our wrongdoing.

However, God offers forgiveness to those who repent of their sin and earnestly seek His way. God can restore us from our selfish behavior to reverence and service. Even though we may fail in our human weakness, His love and strength can save us.

This passage closes with the affirmation “in His word I put my hope.” We have His word given in scripture and the Word in His son Jesus Christ who came to save us (John 1:1-4). Jesus is the light of the world and by His sacrifice we are redeemed.

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for Your love, forgiveness, and the gift of Your son. Help us to be energetic in our outreach to all Your children everywhere. Amen.

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