On this post, I first invite you to read the following Psalm:
1 Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You [just what man needs], that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.
5 I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.
6 I am looking and waiting for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, I say, more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is mercy and loving-kindness, and with Him is plenteous redemption.
8 And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.
Psalm 130, AMP Bible
I was flipping through the hymnal today, and I came across a hymn attributed to Martin Luther based on Psalm 130 and 120:1-2. Two parts of the hymn stands out to me:
Send me the grace my spirit needs; without it I am nothing.
Praise God for endless mercy.
(the United Methodist Hymnal, #515)
Without God, I am nothing … have you ever truly thought about that? Without friends and loved ones in our lives, again we are mere nothing but flesh and bones – no emotional standing. It is through the assurance of God’s grace that I know I am a child of God. It is through relationships that we can share God’s love and interact with people – to be one in the Body of Christ! And when we hurt, when we are in trials, we are able to yell for God, as the Psalmists puts it, “I cry to you O Lord, now hear me calling!” We know that we do wrong, we know that we sin, we know that we disobey God – yet God Hears Us … God sends and anoints grace upon us, because if we don’t cry out to God and if we don’t allow ourselves to heal along with God, through God’s amazing grace, We Are Nothing! And through it all, we are to glorify God, and are abundantly thankful, “For with the Lord there is mercy and loving-kindness, and with Him is plenteous redemption.”
Thanks be to God.