Psalm 130 Commentary
Depending on the evangelist who the LORD used to deliver the word, the word salvation means a lot of things. To some, and because the evangelist talked about hell, salvation means being saved from hell. Indeed, this holds true for a generation that heard this type of message constantly.
Other individuals think of salvation in terms of freedom from addictions and a host of other enslaving habits.
We should be grateful to the LORD for psalm 130. It explains to us what it means to be saved.
“He will save his people Israel from all their sins.” Verse 8 GNT.
And why not? “…His love is constant and He is always willing to save.” This is the gospel; the good news to the world.
Salvation means being saved from one’s sins. Since it is sin that causes death, salvation, therefore, means the saint has attained eternal life even when they physically die. The resurrection from the dead into a blessed existence in the presence of the LORD makes this kind of thought not only practically possible but also a coming reality.
The psalmist calls to the LORD for help from the depths of despair. There is real distress. He has bottomed. But guess the help that he is looking for: forgiveness. Yes, forgiveness. The world discusses lack of food, lack of clean water and air, lack of peace, and lack of good health as real threats to humanity. But don’t be fooled. Lack of forgiveness is the real problem here.
Humanity has lived in rebellion ever since the fall of Genesis 3. And the LORD hasn’t forgiven.
The good news from this short but powerful psalm is that the LORD doesn’t “keep a record of our sins.” He forgives us. You can call Him for help.
Two elements of the Christian walk come out. First: the forgiveness from the LORD. Second: the salvation of the saint from his or her sins. Both are done by the LORD. According to this psalm, forgiveness comes after the psalmist calls to the LORD from the depth of despair. He is real. Then salvation comes after the psalmist trusts and waits upon the LORD to save him from his sins.
The waiting is actually a deep-searching activity like the watchman’s desire for the dawn. Each time we sin, we know we have lacked a deep desire for righteousness. We also know we haven’t truly trusted the LORD to save us from sin. But we also know that the LORD “is always willing to save.” All these thoughts and more can flood our minds each time we venture into psalm 130. It is truly powerful.
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