Read This Before You Head to Church

I preached Psalm 130 last week and wanted to share these wonderful truths with you all… I hope they are an encouragement to you as much as they were to me.

Psalm 30 is a remarkable Psalm, part of two types of Psalms. The Psalm is first a Pilgrim Psalm. Israelites would sing this psalm on their way to Jerusalem to worship. Secondly, this Psalm is also in the category of Penitent, a proclaiming forth of their repentance from sin.

This leads me to suggest you ask yourself a few questions. Do you ever feel unworthy when you approach God in worship? Do you ever hesitate to pray for forgiveness for the hundredth time? Or, in light of the forgiveness you have, do you feel liberty to continue in your sin? Psalm 130 helps us answer all of these questions according to God’s truths.

In verses 1 and 2 the Psalmist opens up about his position, crying out from the depths. He feels lonely, desperate as if he was drowning. He is seeking for the Lord to listen to him. He seems to feel as though God is not listening to him and therefore is crying out for God to incline His ear to him.

After declaring his emotions, he focuses on God’s character. He recognizes that God is a holy and just judge. There are none righteous, no not one. Therefore, there are none who can stand in front of the just Judge, just as all will melt before the word of Christ at Armageddon. Alongside of God being just, He is also forgiving, (we now know this forgiveness in hindsight through Christ).

What is the response to coming to remember the forgiveness we have in Christ? It is the fear of God. This is not a feeling of being scared…

The sweetest communion often comes in the wake of transgressions forgiven. The restored relationship drives a renewed sense of love, devotion, and desire to obey.

Don’t ever hesitate to run to God after you have sinned. Call it sin. Regret it. But find your peace and forgiveness in our forgiving God! And in response to this forgiveness, seek with renewed vigor to work out the salvation you have with fear and trembling.

Because of this forgiveness, we ought to also follow the Psalmist’s example in doing a few things, he waits on the Lord, He hopes in His Word, and he calls others to trust in God along with him. Is this your response? His dependence is completely on the Lord.

Waiting – As the watchmen watch the darkness continue on for hours and anticipate the sun rays coming to melt shadows and fears of threats away giving peace and proper perception, so also the psalmist looks to God to answer his prayers and make His presence known to him.

Do you ever feel unworthy when you approach God in worship? Your worth is not found in anything YOU do. Your acceptance before God is based solely on Christ and His righteousness. You could be walking out from church or walking away from a fight with your spouse and your standing of righteousness before God does not waver.

Do you ever hesitate to pray for forgiveness for the hundredth time? Praise God, He is a forgiving God! Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

In light of the forgiveness you have, do you feel liberty to continue in your sin? God is a forgiving God, that He may be feared. Fear the Lord! Shall you sin more that grace may abound? Answer: NO, surely not, absolutely not! If you understand the true depth of your sin and the cost of your forgiveness… this is an “obedience generator.”

May these truths drive you to worship, to repentance, to declaration, and to obedience.

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