Love & Everything Else – Pastor Matt Shirley

Song: Kaleidescope

Artist: Urban Rescue


This week in our GROW Group we looked at Psalm 130 (NLT).

From the depths of despair, O Lord,

I call for your help.

2 Hear my cry, O Lord.

Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,

who, O Lord, could ever survive?

4 But you offer forgiveness,

that we might learn to fear you.

5 I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

6 I long for the Lord

more than sentries long for the dawn,

yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord;

for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

His redemption overflows.

8 He himself will redeem Israel

from every kind of sin.

Lots of themes in this psalm. Lots of threads we could pick up. It starts with despair. And sin. But it ends with hope. And redemption. Overflowing redemption. Redemption from every kind of sin.

What happens between despair and hope? What moves the writer from sin to redemption?

Forgiveness born of love. Hope, for this psalmist, grows from his reflection on God’s unfailing love expressed in His forgiveness.

Talk about sweeping themes! Despair, prayer, sin, forgiveness, waiting, hope, love, and redemption.

Take your pick! Each of these themes – these experiences in the life of Christian discipleship – are changed because of God’s love. His love changes everything else.

Let this psalm be a filter, a lens through which you view all of the varied activities and circumstances of your life today.

Your despair does not have the last word in your life…for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

Your prayers are heard…for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

Your sin is forgiven…for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

You do not wait and hope in vain…for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

Your despair and sin can all be redeemed…for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

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