Presentation on theme: "Songs of Ascents Psalms 120-134 Start with Ps 120 - how far away the singer is from where they want to be End with Ps 133 & 134 - praise and encouragement."— Presentation transcript:
Songs of Ascents Psalms 120-134 Start with Ps 120 - how far away the singer is from where they want to be End with Ps 133 & 134 - praise and encouragement to the sanctuary worshippers Within this flow, Ps 130 brings in sin and guilt
V1 "Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord“ Beyond the ability of anyone to help Cry out to God
V2 “O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. “ No instant resolution
V3 V3 “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? “ Sin Guilt Driven by conscience
V4 V4a "But with you there is forgiveness;“ No forgiveness = No Hope V4b "therefore you are feared." Feared? Ps 111:10a “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” "awe" "respect" "honour"
V3-4 (Cont.) God is Love Rev 1:17 - John falls on his face as though dead Dan 10:7-9 “I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground. “
V3-4 Balance drawing near to God the fear of the Lord
V5-6 Ps 130:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. “ Active waiting hopeful
V7-8 Ps 130:7-8 “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” Encourages the whole country to put their hope in God Redemption - someone buying freedom for a slave
Sin, Guilt & Conscience Keep short accounts with God be quick to confess our sin Distinction Guilt Guilty feelings Conscience alerts us to our wrongdoing
Sin, Guilt & Conscience (Cont.) We should listen to our conscience it can be damaged Seared repeated exposure to sin
False Guilt 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Eph 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”
"He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins“ The entire nation! Dan 9:17-19 "Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favour on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."
Our Country Question: Do we ever think about our country? 1 Tim 2:1-3 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.“
Our Country (Cont.) We should pray for our Queen our country our leaders the people of our land