Daily Devotional: Psalms 130:1-8
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; 2 O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
We serve a loving and forgiving God. We all need forgiveness and God has made it possible for all to be forgiven in Jesus Christ. In Romans chapter five we read that Adam sinned and brought death into the world. This was both physical death and spiritual death. We all die (physically and spiritually) because we all sin and separate ourselves from God. We are not guilty of Adam’s sin but our own.
Because of this, Jesus came into the world to make a way for mankind to be redeemed (bought back) and to live eternally with God. Just as by the one man (Adam) sin and death entered the world, so by one man (Jesus) eternal life entered and is available to all. So that we not think we are earning our salvation or feel we have reason to boast, it is a gift of God by grace through faith. By our disobedience we deserve to die but by obedience (to the gospel) we can live. We must never confuse obedient faith with works of merit. (Romans 5:19)
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for your love which prompted your compassion and mercy toward me, which yielded your grace so I can be saved and live with you in eternity. Help me trust you more than all the things of this world, more than my own thinking and reasoning and my own ability to do right. Give me a heart that yields to you and to your will in all things in humble obedience. Even then I fail and I need your continued forgiveness. Use me in your service in your way. Be with our leaders and our nation. I pray in the name of Jesus.