Reading Psalm 130 in any version should set the matter straight. Read the Psalm slowly and reflectively. Let your imagination get caught up in the words.
On pilgrimage to Jerusalem for one of the high holy days, as he ascends toward the city and the cries of praise from the other pilgrims resound in his ears, the psalmist looks deep within himself and recoils as he realizes the depths of his sin. But he doesn't give up because he knows and trusts God. Even from the depths of despair the psalmist assures us that we can call upon God who will hear us and forgive us, not because of anything we do, but because God is God whose very nature is to forgive. God's love is constant, unlike ours.
In God's way and in God's time, God will save God's people from their sin if they truly want to be saved. That is our hope. That is God's promise. Thanks be to God!
- S. Benjamin Hamblett
Joliette Word of Life Church, Montreal, Quebec and their pastor Oscar Wakenge
First Baptist Church, Keene and their pastor Mark Ferrin
United Baptist Church, Lakeport