What Does Psalm 130:3 Mean?

If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Psalm 130:3(NASB)

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Many of the Psalms are penitential hymns, where the people of God cry out to Him for confession and forgiveness - or to plead for His mercy and blessing. Like us, they knew that the Lord is faithful to hear our needy prayer and quick to answer our pitiful cries for help.

From the moment that Adam fell, the individual sins we all commit and the inherited sin nature we receive from our forefathers, inevitably renders us all as guilty sinners before the Lord. Our transgressions condemn us and separate us from a holy God.

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and if God were to mark our iniquities not one of us could stand. On that truth alone, everyman who has been fathered by man is lost in their trespasses and sins and found guilty before God.

The words of the Psalmist are indeed a chilling reality of what we justly deserve as a member of a rebellious, sinful race of men, for if the Lord should mark our iniquities as we justly deserve, which of us could stand?

But God in His mercy, grace, justice, and love sent His Son to pay the penalty of every sin committed by everyman. The wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, for as we read: "If the Lord should mark our iniquities, who could stand?" But there is true forgiveness, eternal forgiveness with our Father, through Jesus Christ the Son, that the Lord may be worshipped and glorified for ever and ever.

My Prayer

Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling. Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus to pay the shocking price for my sins, His own life-blood shed for me. Thank You that in Him, I have forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. I offer this prayer to you in the name of Jesus Christ, my God and Saviour, AMEN.

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