Thursday, January 25, 2018

Scripture to Meditate On

If you, O Yahweh, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. Psalm 130.3-4.

Who is able to stand? Such a good question. It comes from the psalmist who understands his awful sinfulness. He knows what he deserves.

However, and this is a big 'however', Yahweh forgives. Here, the psalmist is struck by the wonder of grace. And that leads him to fear.

Fear doesn't make sense to so many these days. But that is because so many these days are not gripped, deeply gripped, by the mystery of God. But the psalmist is. 'Who is this God who forgives this terrible sinner? What is this grace that He grants to me? This God is like no one that I have ever encountered.'