"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord." Begin where all begins. —John Owen, in "A Practical Exposition upon Psalms 130:1-8.". Bachelor of Divinity and Preacher of the Word of God at Kings Lind in Norfolk. 2011. 1. 3. Ver. —Matthew Henry. Ver. But when he crieth from the deep, he riseth from the deep, and his very cry suffereth him not to be long at the bottom. —Condensed from "Soul Depths and Soul Heights", by Octavius Winslow, 1874. One would have thought that it would have said, “There is judgment with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” But no, brethren, if there were judgment with God, and no forgiveness, then men would grow despairing, and they would be hardened and rebellious; or else all would be swept away in God’s wrath, and there would be nobody left to fear him. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? Ver. That is right, but, at the same time, remember that it may be a greater blessing for God to hear our prayers than to answer them; for if he were to make it an absolute rule that he would grant all our requests, it might be a curse rather than a blessing. You notice that this is one of the Songs of Degrees; that is, Psalms ascending by steps, and it begins at the very bottom: “Out of the depths.” But it gradually climbs up to the heights: “He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” May your experience and mine, beloved, be like a ladder, —upward, always upward, step by step, ever rising, and getting nearer to our God! a) The need of watchfulness on the part of all. Out of the depths. Ver. It little matters where we are if we can pray; but prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises out of the worst places. A watchman placed upon a high tower is bound industriously and critically to observe all passengers and passages, all that his eye can reach. Sometimes we ask God to answer our supplication. Well may the redemption be plenteous since it concerns all Israel and all iniquities! None fear the Lord like those who have experienced his forgiving love. Oh, the hell of sin! Psalms 85:8. b) But he will not always nor often speak pardon at the first asking; for He will make His people reverence his holiness, feel the bitterness of sinning, learn caution, etc. Ver. Alas! and can any cleanness be equal to thine! Here is the gracious soul hanging in faith upon God in Christ Jesus; upon the veracity of God to fulfil his promise, upon the power of God to help him in difficulty, upon the wisdom of God to counsel him in perplexity, upon the love of God to shield him in danger, upon the omniscience of God to guide him with his eye, and upon the omnipresence of God to cheer him with his presence, at all times and in all places, his sun and shield. Yet all those he exalted and made glorious temples to himself. a) Very contrary to the abuse made of it by rebels, triflers, and procrastinators. Oh to be thus hungry and thirsty after God! —W. Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication, but let not thine eyes be intentive to the stains of my sin; for If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? It is not fair to that God upon whose empire it is a trespass. —Archibald Symson. This is the Psalmist's statement and plea: he had never ceased to pray even when brought into the lowest state. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Our iniquities are our worst dangers: if saved from these, we are saved altogether; but there is no salvation from them except by redemption. —Archibald Symson, in "A Sacred Septenarie", 1638. The first exercise of faith must be upon the Lord himself. —Robert Rollock, 1555-1599. My soul waiteth for the LORD. If God were to sit like a judge taking notes of the evidence, and putting down against his people all their errors, who would be able to stand in that court? and Bp. It is cause enough for God not to hear some because they do not cry—cause enough not to hear some that cry because not out of the depths; but when crying and out of the depths are joined together, it was never known that God refused to hear; and therefore now that I cry to thee out of the depths, be pleased, O God, in thy great mercy to hear my voice. —James Vaughan. Iniquity of memory —does not memory sometimes bring back sins you formerly committed, and your evil nature is perhaps base enough to desire they had been greater Iniquity of feeling —no enmity against God's people ever working? Oh, therefore, most gracious God, make me to fear thee; for as thou wilt not be merciful to me unless I fear thee, so I cannot fear thee unless thou first be merciful unto me. It is better for our prayer to be heard than answered. Ver. We fear thee for thy justice, and love thee for thy mercy; yea, fear thee for thy mercy, and love thee for thy justice; for thou art infinitely good in both. Worshippers tarrying for the morning sacrifice, the kindling of the incense and the lighting of the lamps, mingle fervent prayers with their holy vigils, and pine for the hour when the lamb shall smoke upon the altar. no covetousness? In that sense it is said (Genesis 37:11), "Joseph's brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying": he marked what Joseph spake about his dreams, he laid it up, and did not let it pass away as a dream, or as a vision of the night. In "Meditations And Disquisitions upon The Three last Psalmes of David. "He shall redeem", etc. 3. What we are to understand by "the depths." The first two verses (Psalms 130:1-2) reveal an intense desire; and the next two are a humble confession of repentance and faith, Psalms 130:3-4. Ver. Secondly, the word signifieth to keep in mind, to lay up, to have, as it were, a store and stock, a memorial or record, of such and such things by us. Were it not for the Lord Jesus, could we hope to stand? Forty Five Sermons upon The 130 Psalme. into what "depths" men can sink! Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. 2. From there, the author ascends step by step to a place where he can give confidence to others in their trust in God. "C.H. Title.