If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. No one could stand before God if He marked our iniquities — that is the point the psalmist makes in verse 3.
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God designed it that way. But in Him there is forgiveness; by the shed blood of Christ on our behalf, the chasm between us and God caused by sin can be closed. Why do you think God offers us forgiveness? You might think so He would be loved, or shown merciful — and surely those ring true. But the psalmist takes another route: If our problem is offending a holy God because of our sin, then sin must not only be forgiven, but we must repent and do whatever we can to stop sinning; our hearts must change to no longer desire sin.
Knowing forgiveness in Christ at a heart level leads us to fear God and hate sin ; for the fear of the Lord is hatred toward sin Proverbs 8: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
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In the original Hebrew, the words wait and hope overlap meaning, and are often times synonymous and the parallelism in verse 5 confirms this. Hoping in the Lord rests on Who He is and what He has done—in this case, on forgiving. Instead of rightly condemning us, God condemned Christ in our place, so that we could be left spotless and clean in His sight. We hope in God, because in Christ, He is for us Romans 8: He has brought us from the domain of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son.
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Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. Gregory of Naziansen, one of the Church Fathers, describes the incarnation.
Speaking of Jesus, Gregory wrote: Charles Wesley, the great hymn writer, said it like this: This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world! I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
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I think that there are any number of possibilities that we might be able to relate to The Pit of Sin—Some people are caught in the mud and mire of sin The Pit of Defeat—Some people feel as though they are a failure. Life and life-events have discouraged them The Pit of Bad Habits—Some of these habits are terribly destructive, like addictive drugs.
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
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