Series: Psalms: Making the Connections

Psalm 130: Out of the Depths

July 02, 2023 | Dr. Gary Hylander
Passage: Psalms 130:1-8

Psalm 130 is known as one of the seven Penitential Psalms found in the Bible. A major distinctive of Psalm 130 is the use of two names for our God: Yahweh (LORD) and Adonai (Lord). While Yahweh is viewed as the covenantal, relational name for God, Adonai stresses that our God is the one who possesses ultimate authority over humanity. Note how both names are utilized in Joshua 3, as the Israelites cross the Jordan River.

The opening verse of Psalm 130 evokes a powerful image of helplessness, leading to a plea for deliverance. It is the phrase out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! This profound cry of distress is why Psalm 130 has historically been referred to as De Profundis. If you find yourself overwhelmed by grief, guilt, or past sins requiring forgiveness, this psalm is designed to meet our needs.

When We Find Ourselves In Need Of Forgiveness, Note...

  • The Plea To Be Made. (1-2)
  • The Question To Be Posed. (3-4)
  • The Wait To Be Enlisted. (5-6)
  • The Redemption To Be Anticipated. (7-8)

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