Psalm 130: Freedom from Sin

What motivates people to cry out to God from the depths of “their innermost being”?

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Psalm 130:1 A song for worship.
From the depths of my innermost being, I cried out to you, Lord.
King James
Psalm 130:1 <A Song of degrees.> Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Why might Christians lose faith when God doesn’t immediately respond to their cries for help?

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Psalm 130:2 Hear my cry, Lord. Listen to my prayer for help.
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Psalm 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

What can we do when God doesn’t seem to be listening?

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Psalm 130:2 Hear my cry, Lord. Listen to my prayer for help.
King James
Psalm 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

How would people react if they were punished for everything they did wrong?

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Psalm 130:3 If you punished people for every wrongdoing, Lord, could anyone survive?
King James
Psalm 130:3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Would people survive if they were punished each time they messed up? Why?

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Psalm 130:3 If you punished people for every wrongdoing, Lord, could anyone survive?
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Psalm 130:3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Why doesn’t God punish people for every wrongdoing?

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Psalm 130:3–4 If you punished people for every wrongdoing, Lord, could anyone survive? But you offer forgiveness so we might revere and follow you.
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Psalm 130:3–4 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Does God’s forgiveness cause people to revere and follow him? Why?

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Psalm 130:4 But you offer forgiveness so we might revere and follow you.
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Psalm 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

What parts of God’s Word do we wait expectantly for?

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Psalm 130:5 With my whole being, I wait expectantly for you, trusting your word.
King James
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

What might we receive that we weren’t expecting?

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Psalm 130:5–6 With my whole being, I wait expectantly for you, trusting your word.
More than the watchmen who anticipate the first light of dawn, I yearn for you.
King James
Psalm 130:5–6 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

What does it mean to be “delivered from sin”?

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Psalm 130:7–8 Let all Israel trust the Lord, for he is merciful and eager to deliver his people from their sins.
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Psalm 130:7–8 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.