Reading: Psalm 130
Verse 7: Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.
Central to Psalm 130 are God’s unfailing love and His endless mercy. These two characteristics of God are essential to our faith as well. As the psalmist does, so too must we cry out to God in order to experience and receive His love and mercy. It is in prayer that we seek these things. It is through experiencing them in our lives that our relationship with God deepens.
The psalmist first cries out for forgiveness. In repenting of our sins we come to realize that God offers forgiveness over and over and over. The fact that no records are kept indicates the unlimited nature of God’s mercy. It is new every moment. In experiencing this is our relationship with God, it becomes a part of who we are and it becomes a practice in our lives. We pray for this each time we pray, “…And forgive us our trespasses (or debts)…”
The psalmist also writes about the next step God takes. Not only does God forgive us our transgressions, but also redeems us. The price or cost of our sins is paid for by God. We do not have to offer up a dove or a young goat. We do not have to do anything – God simply redeems us through the power of Jesus’ blood. Like His mercies being new every morning, we too are made new – pure and holy – through His redemption. We also take this practice and make it part of our life. We too love one another in this model, keeping no record of wrongs, wiping the slate clean, forgiving 70 times 7 times.
The key to living in God’s unfailing love and full redemption is our response. Do we simply enjoy these blessings or do we go forth into the world to share them with others? As we experience these two great characteristics of God, may we go forth with God’s character as our character, extending love and mercy and forgiveness and redemption to all we meet. In this way, others will be drawn to the source of these things in us.