Notes on Psalm 130:2

[Notes on Psalm 130:1]

Let Your ears be attentive

The psalmist understands something that many in the church today do not, viz. that God is not under obligation to show mercy to anyone. Thus, we see him pleading with the Lord to (i.)hear his voice and (ii.)grant his request for mercy. This is a far cry from the outlandish and blasphemous silliness that exists in many places that call themselves “churches.” In addition to the psalmist’s example of penitent prayer for forgiveness, we have the parable of the Prodigal son and the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The psalmist, the prodigal son, and the tax collector did not think, as the Arminians do, that if the Father, i.e. the Lord, did not show mercy to them that He was somehow being unjust. Rather, they all understood what God’s people should all understand: God shows mercy to whom He wills to show mercy. And this should humble us all who call ourselves Christians, for the fact is that we do not deserve to be clothed in the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. We deserve the wrath of God and nothing less.

[An Aside: This fact is so obvious to us all that there are, broadly speaking, two responses to the weight of the guilt that lies on every man’s conscience: Antinomianism and Legalism. The antinomian denies that he is guilty of any sin and, therefore, abdicates any responsibility to fulfill the Law. In his eyes, he has not broken God’s Law and is, therefore, not in need of a Savior. On the other hand, the legalist thinks that he can earn his right standing before God by fulfilling the Law. He acknowledges guilt before God, yet he denies this fact by his claims to merit favor with God by his obedience to the Law. Both of these men are self-righteous, for they seek to undermine the Law of God by denying that it demands absolute perfection from all men in every place of their lives. The antinomian does this by claiming that the Law does not apply to him; the legalist does this by lowering the bar of the Law so as to make it a hurdle low enough for himself to calmly hop over, while of course making it twice as hard for others to get over it.]

[Notes on Psalm 130:3]


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