Psalm 130 is a poem depicting a person trapped in a deep pit, crying out for help. The person begs for mercy and prays for God to hear him. In the midst of this, the person realizes that he wound up in the pit due to his own fault, but he also realizes that God is a God of forgiveness. So he confesses his fault to God and asks God to forgive. The pit, of course, is a metaphor for the troubles in our own lives. These troubles vary person to person, but we all have them. From the depths of woe, we cry out. And God listens. God delivers.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Steve Froehlich, emeritus pastor at New Life.
Sermon Text: Psalm 130:1-8
A Song of Ascents.
1Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.