Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
This morning my mind goes to verse 3. It’s a simple truth. If the Lord would deal with people according to their righteousness or iniquity, we’d all be toast. No one is righteous, not even one.
As you can imagine, given recent events at a church in south Texas, there’s been heightened interest in church security. We’ve organized a team of people to look into the matter and bring recommendations back to the church council for action. The fact that we’re having this conversation in the first place is really sad. I’m not sure if the world around us is really more violent than before or if we’re just hearing about it more readily, but perhaps it’s both. In any event there are definitely people who are bent on death and destruction. They are “bad” people in many of our eyes.
I think the psalmist reminds us of an important truth. We’re all bad people. We all bear iniquities, sins, shortcomings, areas of our lives not submitted to God. But then there’s the hope of verse 4 “But there is forgiveness with you…”. Thanks be to God, for Jesus’ sake, we may be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
Lord, let it be so.