Reflection of the Week - 29 June 2021

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A Reflection on Psalm 130:1-8

Psalm 130 is also one of seven penitential psalms in the Bible. (Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51,102, 130 and 143) are all psalms which express sorrow for sin and ask for God’s forgiveness for sin. Martin Luther called four of these the Pauline psalms because of their special focus on faith and forgiveness. Psalms 32, 51, 130 and 143 he said were his favourite psalms for, in his own words, ‘They teach us that the forgiveness of sins is granted without the law and without works.’

This particular Psalm of Ascent begins as low as any of them do. As we will see it starts in the very depths of the sea. It is often called by its Latin Name, ‘De Profundis’ which literally means ‘from the depths.’ It may start low, but as Charles Spurgeon said, ‘Certainly it does rise rapidly out of the depths of anguish to the heights of assurance.’ Samuel Cox calls it ‘a tiny Gospel, announcing the truths which men in every age need to know.’ The psalm is a call for help, a cry for forgiveness, and it is all about waiting for the Lord in hope. Psalm 130:1-8.

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