ASCENDING TO THE HOUSE OF GOD
(Our Hope - Psalm 130)
Pastor Don Fortner
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. The soul convinced of sin is in the depths of utter despair. It is God the Holy Spirit who graciously brings the lost soul into such depths. That same divine Comforter puts in the heart the cry for mercy. And he who puts us in the way will lead us to the end, giving us the blessed assurance of mercy in Christ.
Lord, shouldest mark iniquities,
O Lord, who shall stand? If the holy Lord God marks our iniquities
against us, we must perish forever. But there is
forgiveness with thee! Sweet assurance of redemption! Blessed be his name forever,
there are some against whom God does not and will not mark sin (Jer.
That thou mayest be feared. He forgives us our sins to teach us to worship him. If there were no forgiveness with God, no man would worship him. All would fly from him in terror, as all do who know not his forgiveness, and dread him as an angry tyrant. But obtaining complete and unalterable forgiveness through the blood and righteousness of Christ, believing sinners gladly put themselves into the hands of strict justice, in confident expectation of mercy, and worship the God of all grace as his own dear children.
there is mercy, and with him plenteous redemption. Did you catch those two words: plenteous
redemption! My heart begins to dance when I think of it. With him is
plenteous redemption! This psalm
is a prophecy of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and that sure,
effectual redemption which he accomplished for sinners at
Well may the redeemed of the Lord sing, as we ascend to the house of God to worship such a gracious, forgiving God, who has redeemed us by the blood of his own darling Son with a plenteous redemption! I have found redemption through Christ's precious blood, and have found it plenteous redemption indeed to my soul. Let none despair, for I, the chief of sinners, have experienced it!