Chapter 11, “Living Guilt-Free,” is taken from Psalm 130:
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
After reading Chapter 11, here are some questions for personal reflection. Feel free to post a comment for discussion.
- How do you distinguish the kind of real guilt this psalm is addressing from other kinds of feelings of guilt?
- How do verses 1-2 describe this guilt?
- Why is recognition of our guilt before God and true conviction of guilt good?
- How does God’s forgiveness, described in verses 3-4, stand in contrast to the secular doctrine of forgiveness?
- What results from God’s forgiveness, the fundamental foundational need of every human being?
- Why does the psalm end in verses 5-8 with hope and waiting?
- In verse 5 the psalmist hopes in God’s Word, a key principle of spiritual health. Do you have a similar hope?
- Are you confident in God’s forgiveness and plentiful redemption, hopeful about the future with God and the new day to come?
To read more about Psalm 130, see my earlier blog post, “Expositing Psalms.”
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