Feb 19, 2009

Devotional - Hope in the lord - for mercy and redemption

"Let Israel hope in the Lord -- for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption." - Psa_130:7

what a beautiful message from the lord ! He has inspired the author (unknown) so much to write in concise and poetic manner. 

"Let Israel hope in the Lord."Has she ceased to hope in the creature? Does she despair of salvation from any other source or quarter but the blood of the Lamb? Is she crying, sighing, longing, panting, and begging of the Lord to appear in her soul?"Let Israel,"then,"hope in the Lord -- for with the Lord there is mercy."He will not spurn his waiting Israel from his feet; he will not smite her with the lightnings of his wrath; he will show mercy to the poor, guilty sinner that comes with dust upon his head, clothed with sackcloth and ashes, mourning and lamenting his vileness before the Lord. There is no wrath in the bosom of the Lord against him; there is mercy, pardoning mercy in the bosom of Jehovah for Israel; therefore"let Israel hope in the Lord."

 If Israel looks to herself, she cannot have one grain of hope; if she looks to the law, she cannot have one ray of expectation; or if she looks to an arm of flesh, none can do her good. But if Israel looks"to the hills from whence comes her help"-- to God the Father, in his electing love -- to God the Son, in his redeeming blood -- to God the Spirit, in his sanctifying work; if Israel is thus enabled to anchor within the veil, thus to"hope in the Lord,"her hope shall not be cut off, shall not be disappointed; it shall not be as"the hope of the hypocrite,"a spider's web, that the first gust of eternal displeasure shall forever sweep away.