When I look at myself (absent of the Gospel), I see iniquities. I count, feel, and am discouraged by every one. I feel unable to stand.
When I look at myself as God looks at me, through the eyes of the Gospel, I see this: one forgiven, loved, a receiver of plentiful redemption, redeemed from all iniquities.
This is the Gospel, preached by the Psalmist in the first testament. Once again, on another morning waking with a cold heart, I find HOPE in the Words of God.
Psa. 130.0 A SONG OF ASCENTS.
Psa. 130.1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
Psa. 130.3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
Psa. 130.5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
Psa. 130.7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.