Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. Psalm 130:3-7
From the text, the Psalmist expressed how sin could enslave a person to the point that there was no escape to be found unless God intervenes. Sin was a place of despair. All the more you go deeper in it, the more you find yourself far away from God. Yet the Psalmist realized that freedom from sin was available when he cries out for help to God. “From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help” (Psalm 130:1). Offense against God affects our whole being; body, soul and spirit. It also destroys relationship with God and with others. If the Lord will deal with our sins and will base His judgment against them, no one would be able to stand. But God filled with love and grace, those who cry out to Him will receive forgiveness. God’s kind of love does not give up. This is why it calls for an attitude of awe and worship before Him for those that received His compassionate love. It is important to a believer’s life to stay in step with God. The desire is to carry out His instructions found in His word and to live one’s life according to God’s plan and purpose. We are willing to wait on God rather than rely on our own strength. We would rather trust God than to remain enslaved by sin and selfish desires. When you wait on the Lord, you are expressing your willingness to rely on His direction. You find that this is the proper decision to make when facing difficulties in life. You can do this as you are continually drawn to Him and His word. He is the source of true wisdom and all He wants for you is to receive the very best in every areas of your life. “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you”” (Psalms 32:8). Live out your freedom in Christ by regularly placing your faith unto Him. Allow Him, through His Spirit, help you grow in your relationship with Him. Once you do this, your sense of anticipation and confidence for Him to act on your prayer will also grow. As you grow, you become a testimony of God’s unfailing love. Godly living begins when you are resolved that true freedom is found in God alone.
Noel De Guzman