“If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (Psalm 130:3-4).
In another Song of Ascents, the psalmist describes his anguished prayers for God’s mercy upon him (vv.1-2). Those who have known even a little of their own sinfulness can relate to the desperation described here. But then comes the word of hope, grounded in the gracious character of God. The Lord is not hard-hearted towards the cries of the penitent. He is merciful, and so the wise will seek Him and draw near to Him in reverence.
Confess your sins to the Lord, and turn to Him for forgiveness and life. God is merciful and kind. When we let our sins drive us away from Him, tempt us to hide from Him, we have nowhere to turn. When we return and humble ourselves before God, we find in Him the forgiveness and life that lifts us up out of darkness, to walk in His glorious light.