Praying for Forgiveness

Dave Weemhoff

Read: Psalm 130:1-8

If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness. (vv. 3-4)

We’ve all been there: a place we despise but often go back to—“the depths” of our human brokenness (v. 1). It is the deep sea of lies, gossip, and arrogance; the pit of lust, discontent, and hatred. It is the dark valley of addiction, disrespect, and jealousy. Our iniquities and sin seem to pile up and overwhelm us.

We read in Psalm 130 that if God would keep a record of our sins, we would indeed collapse under the pressure of them. We try to cover them up, run from them, ignore them, or pretend that they’ll eventually go away and be forgotten.

The truth is, no one can stand before a perfect God unless he forgives us. God makes a way for us by atoning for our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the people of God, we read the great news in verse 7: “For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.” Those words “plentiful redemption” should be on our minds constantly as we pray to our Savior for forgiveness.

When we pray for forgiveness, we receive “plentiful redemption” and are lifted “out of the depths” of our brokenness. The hope and peace we receive from Christ as we pray for forgiveness is an amazing answer to our prayers for grace and mercy. —Dave Weemhoff

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for my sins through the plentiful redemption found in Jesus. Hear my heart, Lord, and wash me clean. Amen.