Ascent Psalms: Psalm 130

Read Ascent Psalm 130 (preferably in the MESSAGE translation if possible).

“If You, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is Your habit, and that’s why You’re worshiped” (Psalm 130:3-4).

“Love keeps no record of wrongs….” I relish reading the love chapter of I Corinthians 13 in which the apostle Paul writes about the “excellent way” of love. “God is love!” (1 John 4:8). If that’s true, and I know it is, we can hardly go wrong building our life on LOVE. Yet, “when the bottom falls out of my life” (vs.1) I am slow to believe this extraordinary promise of love’s power to help and heal.

Psalm 130, known as the “De Profundis” Psalm (Latin meaning “profound” or “very deep”), offers God’s promise to help anyone who is in the depths of depression and anxiety, fear and hopelessness. Young and older folks alike experience these emotional “roller coaster” times. Just as Israel long ago was in a deep hole, deeper than Joseph’s pit into which his jealous brothers threw him, so we also may feel trapped, nearly buried alive.

Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus, when told of her conception of Jesus, in her magnificent song sings of how God will “exalt those of low degree” or as the MESSAGE aptly translates, “He (God) embraced His chosen child, Israel: He remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high” (Luke 1:52). What a God we have through Jesus, our Lord! What a God we worship, we serve, we trust in, we love! This God even forgives all my unbelief!

When the bottom seems to fall out of our lives, remember, the everlasting arms of God are big enough to scoop us up to save and comfort us.

Dear Jesus, You choose to enter my deep down moments of pain and despair. Repeatedly, You have lifted me up to praise and honour Your holy, rescuing presence in my life. Thank you, Jesus! Thank You!