The writer of Psalm 130 is very transparent in his prayer to the Lord. We find here that he makes 4 very important admissions which each of us would do well to imitate:
First, in :1 he admits his desperate state: “Out of the depths I cry to You O Lord”. He admits he is not in a good place; there is no “positive thinking” here, no “rose colored glasses”. He is desperate for God’s help.
Next, in :2 he admits his undeserving nature. He does not “deserve” help. What he needs is not “justice”, but “mercy”: “Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy”
Then, in :3 he admits his sin: “If You Lord should mark iniquities; O Lord who could stand?” This is why he doesn’t deserve God’s answer. He has sinned against the Lord — he admits it — and if God holds that against him, there is no hope for him.
Finally, and most importantly: He admits by faith that God can and will help him! He writes in :4, “There is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.” Then he says in :7, “With the LORD there is lovingkindness, and with Him there is plentiful redemption, and He WILL redeem Israel from ALL His iniquities”! Despite all of his shortcomings, God is merciful, and faithful, and will give him the help and the answer to his prayer that he does not deserve.
If you are tired of putting up a “facade” in your relationship with God, and want to “get real” with Him, then imitate this Psalmist:
— Admit your desperate condition
— Admit you don’t deserve God’s help
— Admit your sin
— But claim His forgiveness through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, and stand on the promise that despite all your failures, He is a gracious and forgiving God who will come to your aid when you ask!