Out of the depths I call to You, Lord! Lord, listen to my voice; let Your ears be attentive to my cry for help. Lord, if You considered sins, Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, so that You may be revered (Psalm 130 vv. 1-4).

When I think of God’s accounting ability, I cringe, much like the author of this psalm. Suppose every unkind word I have ever spoken, every lie I have ever told, every shortcut I have ever taken, every word of gossip that ever passed my lips, every lustful thought I have ever entertained, every sin I’ve ever committed were recorded on audio and videotape to be played back at will?

My fellow musician sums it up succinctly: “Who could stand?” (v. 3).

Though I am saved by grace, I am constantly engaged in a wrestling match between the old sin nature and…

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