Psalms 130* The psalmist's hope in prayer. (1-4) His patience in hope.(5-8)1-4 The only way of relief for a sin-entangled soul, is byapplying to God alone. Many things present themselves asdiversions, many things offer themselves as remedies, but thesoul finds that the Lord alone can heal. And until men aresensible of the guilt of sin, and quit all to come at once toGod, it is in vain for them to expect any relief. The Holy Ghostgives to such poor souls a fresh sense of their deep necessity,to stir them up in earnest applications, by the prayer of faith,by crying to God. And as they love their souls, as they areconcerned for the glory of the Lord, they are not to be wantingin this duty. Why is it that these matters are so long uncertainwith them? Is it not from sloth and despondency that theycontent themselves with common and customary applications toGod? Then let us up and be doing; it must be done, and it isattended with safety. We are to humble ourselves before God, asguilty in his sight. Let us acknowledge our sinfulness; wecannot justify ourselves, or plead not guilty. It is ourunspeakable comfort that there is forgiveness with him, for thatis what we need. Jesus Christ is the great Ransom; he is ever anAdvocate for us, and through him we hope to obtain forgiveness.There is forgiveness with thee, not that thou mayest be presumedupon, but that thou mayest be feared. The fear of God often isput for the whole worship of God. The only motive andencouragement for sinners is this, that there is forgivenesswith the Lord. 5-8 It is for the Lord that my soul waits, for the gifts of hisgrace, and the working of his power. We must hope for that onlywhich he has promised in his word. Like those who wish to seethe dawn, being very desirous that light would come long beforeday; but still more earnestly does a good man long for thetokens of God's favour, and the visits of his grace. Let allthat devote themselves to the Lord, cheerfully stay themselveson him. This redemption is redemption from all sin. Jesus Christsaves his people from their sins, both from the condemning andfrom the commanding power of sin. It is plenteous redemption;there is an all-sufficient fulness in the Redeemer, enough forall, enough for each; therefore enough for me, says thebeliever. Redemption from sin includes redemption from all otherevils, therefore it is a plenteous redemption, through theatoning blood of Jesus, who shall redeem his people from alltheir sins. All that wait on God for mercy and grace, are sureto have peace
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