3If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
(Psalm 130:3-4, King James Version)
Who Shall Stand?
The writer of Psalm 130 poses a rather interesting question, If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? Sadly, that is the true state of every man, for no man, except the Lord Jesus Christ has ever or will ever live with no iniquities or sins held to their account. Who, then, can stand before a righteous and holy God who cannot even look upon sin? No one.
Oh, but the Psalmist did not stop there, did he? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Yes, we can have a relationship with God; we can love, trust, and fear Him. Why? We can love, trust, and fear Him because their is forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider that this writer lived hundreds of years before Christ came, but he already understood that forgiveness was to be found. God, even before time began, already had a plan in place to redeem man, whom He knew would fall into grievous sin.
Who shall stand? Those redeemed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ shall stand before God and worship Him. What an amazing thing! Satan was sure that he had condemned all man for all time when he deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but he was no match for God. God, knowing that sin would enter into the hearts of all men provided a way of escape through the death of His perfect and holy Son, who would come to this earth as a man, yet without sin. He, alone, was worthy to pay the price for our sin, giving us a standing before God.
Why, then, is not every man saved? Questions such as these show our total inability to understand God. He purposed, before time began to save a people for Himself, and what He purposed has and will continue to come to pass. Those for whom Christ died will come to Him. Why do all men not choose to come to Christ? Satan has blinded their eyes so that, apart from God's illuminating grace, men do not believe. Most do not even believe they sin, or if they do, do not believe it will keep them from a blissful eternity.
The Word of God is clear and easy to understand. In its pages God reveals the realities of life and death, heaven and hell, and perfection and sin. Let us then, as children of God, immerse ourselves in God's Word. Let us study what God has revealed to us so that we may be ready, always, to give an answer to all who ask us for a reason for the hope that lies within us.
Who shall stand? Those who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb shall stand with God in the last day and for all eternity!
God Bless You,