DAILY BIBLE READING:

1 Kings 9:1–10:29 
Acts 8:14-40 
Psalm 130:1-8 
Proverbs 17:2-3

BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:

Psalm 130:3-4 “Lord, if you kept an account of iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that you may be revered.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In our Verse for Today, the Psalmist pointed out a few important facts which foreshadow the New Testament Gospel:

First of all, he acknowledged that he was a sinner (he had committed iniquities). This simply means that there were times when he violated God’s laws. Either he did something God had forbidden or he omitted something that God said to do.

Second, he recognized that if God had kept a record of every sin, no one could stand before him. No one could enjoy His presence. All would be cast out as lawbreakers fit for eternal punishments.

Third, he celebrated the fact that God is a forgiving God. His sins had been wiped away by a God who is merciful (didn’t give him the bad stuff that he rightfully deserved) and gracious (gave him the good stuff that he didn’t deserve). But, as New Testament saints, we realize that God cannot, as a just and holy God, simply overlook sin. It is an offense against His holiness and justice and it must be punished. We praise God that He determined in eternity past to show us how good of a God He is by sending His own Son to take the punishment we deserved for all who would believe in Him.

Finally, the Psalmist said that God was to be revered. Because of what He had done for him (in light of what He could have done to him) He is to be praised. He didn’t deserve forgiveness but he had received it. He didn’t deserve access into God’s presence but he had received it. He didn’t deserve an eternal home in Heaven but he received it. And, as New Testament saints, because of what God has done for us in Christ, we should praise Him!

Psalm 130:3-4 “Lord, if you kept an account of iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that you may be revered.”