An Address to My Soul

Soul, you were redeemed by the precious blood of Christ! Your sins were not marked to you, but they were marked. Your sins were laid on the Lamb of God, and you are forgiven and redeemed by His blood. You have been purchased with the most costly of fortunes. “Plentiful Redemption” (Psalm 130:7). Soul, rejoice with trembling, and serve the LORD with fear (Psalm 2:11)! 

An Address to My Soul,

“If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3). What a terrifying thought. If God Almighty marked iniquities, then no one could stand. If there is a marking of sins, then there is only a fearful expectation of judgment. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb 10:27, 31). God, who burns with righteous indignation everyday, will not, can not, let the guilty go unpunished. Yet why does this verse start with “IF”? Do you mean to say that God might not mark my iniquities against me? Do you mean there’s a chance I can stand before God?

“But with you, there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (Psalm 130:4). What glorious news, the forgiveness of God! The only way that anyone can stand is through the forgiveness of God.

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