“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (Psalm 130:3-4).
It’s been said that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. And that is certainly true, which is why it’s important to have purpose and passion in life. However, it’s also true that in order to truly stand for faith, we must first fall for forgiveness.
Missing the Mark
Think of all the sins that you’ve ever committed. Now, write them down. Not only would I not be able to do this because I hardly handwrite anymore (thanks to technology), but because it’s impossible to recount all of my sins—they are innumerable. I’ve missed the mark of God’s commandments for life. I’m a sinner who can barely even grasp the extent of my own sinfulness.
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The psalmist knew this well. He knew that if the Lord was to mark, or count, our iniquity, we’d get owned. The evidence is in and there’s no argument. He asks the rhetorical question, “Who could stand?” As sinners, who could stand in God’s presence? Who could approach a holy God? Answer: no one. No one could stand in His presence, stand through judgment, or stand to worship. But, there’s good news.