One Thing 6/19/12

1 Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You [just what man needs], that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.
5 I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.
6 I am looking and waiting for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, I say, more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is mercy and loving-kindness, and with Him is plenteous redemption.
8 And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

This is psalm 130 and is an absolutely amazing account of the greatness of God. Micah 7:18 says, “Who is a God like our God, who pardons iniquity.” God’s ability and willingness to forgive is so remarkable. Verse 4 above says it causes us to fear and worship Him. The fact that God who is perfect in holiness, and majestic in power, who could destroy the whole universe with the blink of His eye, can and will forgive is stunning, and it causes me to fear Him, and worship Him because of His transcendent otherness. Who is like Him. How can He be so great. His grace and mercy so magnifies His holiness and power. Micah says it’s because He delights in unchanging love. Think about that. He delights in loving you, even in your imperfect state. He isn’t stuck with you, He DELIGHTS in loving you, regardless of your failures. Because of His love for you, He wants to extend forgiveness again and again. Because of His authority as King of King, Creator and Lord of the universe He can. Why should He? I don’t know. All I can do is join Micah’s great theme and in fear and wonder say “Who is a God like our God.”