Who Could Stand with Sin?
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. 2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.Bible KJV www.biblegateway.com
Who could stand with sin in front of God ? If the Lord punished people for all of their sins, then no-one would be worthy of salvation into life eternal.
No one knows for sure who wrote this Psalm but some believe it was Nehemiah the priest, during captivity in Babylon. Some scholars/authors think it was a prayer for Israel and some believe Nehemiah was praying for himself. Regardless; someone was praying earnestly to God. I believe that Nehemiah couldn’t pray just for Israel or just for himself. And because of that I have written two posts on the same piece of scripture. See also Hear My Cry, O Lord
Nehemiah prays asking God, who could stand with sin?
The Psalmist realized that Israel’s sin’s were keeping them from God and more importantly that they would keep them separated from the Lord right into eternity.
Nehemiah acknowledges the both he and the people of Israel were sinners. Nehemiah also understood that with faith, and repentance Father God could take away their sin. After asking for God’s forgiveness, he waited, in faith, believing that God had heard him and would accept his prayer.
As Nehemiah grew in faith, his love for the Lord also grew. The closer he got to God, the more he felt the fear (awe/respect/love) of God!
He believed that God would help the people of Israel to remember that God is mercy and grace and with Him there is deliverance from all of their sin!
My Prayer for Psalm 130:3-8
Thank you Father that you sent your Son and the Holy Spirit to help me live my life for you. I am grateful that the Holy Spirit convicts me when I have sinned. When Nehemiah was praying for Israel, they did not have the blessing of Jesus for salvation. However, with Jesus as my advocate, I can have faith that I am forgiven when I repent. Thank you that I live in a time when my sins can be covered, with the blood of Jesus.
Thank you God that each and every day you lead me, guide me and, accept my prayers when I ask for forgiveness. Lord, because of your mercy and grace, I am cleansed, purified and forgiven.
In Jesus’ precious name, I pray, Amen