A song of ascents.
1Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4But with You there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve You.
5I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in His word I put my hope.
6I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7Israel, put Your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with Him is full redemption.
8He Himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
The only way of relief for a sin-entangled soul, is by applying to God alone. Many things offer themselves as remedies, but the soul finds that the Lord alone can heal. And until men are sensible of the guilt of sin, and quit all to come at once to God, it is in vain for them to expect any relief.
The Holy Spirit gives to such poor souls a fresh sense of their deep necessity, to stir them up in earnest applications, by the prayer of faith, by crying to God. And as they love their souls, as they are concerned for the glory of the Lord, they are not to be wanting in this duty. We are to humble ourselves before God, as guilty in His sight. Let us acknowledge our sinfulness; we cannot justify ourselves, or plead not guilty.
It is our unspeakable comfort that there is forgiveness with Him, for that is what we need. Jesus Christ is the Great Ransom; He is ever an Advocate for us, and through Him we hope to obtain forgiveness. The fear of God often is put for the whole worship of God. The only motive and encouragement for sinners is this, that there is forgiveness with the Lord Jesus in His precious Blood shed for them.