Psalm 130 – The Need to Seek the Lord – Part 1

Have you ever had that feeling that God is not close to you? It seems that we took different paths, we part ways, and now He is far. There are times in our lives that we realize that we are not close to God anymore. We understand that we left His presence and He is distant from us.

This sensation gets worse when we see the troubles coming in our direction and we know that God cannot be reached; at least we think that He cannot be reached. During these times a mix of fear, despair and the feeling of abandonment overcome us.

Psalm 130 narrates, in a beautiful way, the need that we all have to seek God in times of troubles. The psalmist was coming to church, but even though he was doing everything that his religion prescribed he had that feeling of distance from God.

It is in this situation that he cries out to the Lord. And the first thing that he describes for us is THE VITAL KNOWLEDGE that all of us who are feeling that way should have. The first thing that we should do is to recognize the important and vital things that we must know. The psalmist shares them with us in the verses 1-4 – “[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.”

    A – Of Our Situation – The first thing that the psalmist helps us to acknowledge is our situation. Like the psalmist we should evaluate our spiritual situation. It is vital for us to know where we are in our relationship with God.

        I – Distance from God – The first thing that the psalmist recognizes is that He is far away from God. He cried out from the depths. He realizes that he is not close enough to God. Can you be bold as the psalmist to make a statement like this?

        II – Barriers to God – The second thing that the psalmist realizes is the barrier between him and God – The Sin. He says that if God keeps track of our sins, we are in  big trouble, because WE ARE SINNERS. That knowledge is very important for us.

    B – God’s Grace – Knowing our situation is very important in our journey, but we must move our eyes away from us and toward God. The psalmist shares with us another important acknowledgement that is crucial for us. We need to know about God’s grace. God is a righteous God; but He also is a God full of grace.

        I – He Listens – His grace makes Him able to hear our prayers from the depth and from our sins. We do not need to be afraid or discouraged, if we cry, God will listen.

        II – He Is Merciful – He will listen, not because we are good, but because He is merciful. The psalmist makes clear that He is merciful. The ability that God has to hear our prayers is based on His wonderful mercies.

        III – He Forgives – Finally, it is very important for us to know that our God is a forgiving God. No matter how you feel or how far you are from Him, He is still there waiting for you to come back home. He is there, ready to forgive you and bless you.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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