Out of the depths
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! . . . With the Lord there is plentiful redemption.” Psalm 130:1, 7
The striking contrast here is between the depths of sin and “I can’t go on like this”-despair, on the one hand, and the plentiful redemption of the Lord, on the other. Not the meager redemption. Not the minimal redemption. Not the “just get by”-redemption. But plentiful redemption, massive redemption, God-sized redemption enough and more than enough for me and you and multitudes more.
There is no human depth he cannot redeem, if we will cry out to God in Christ as our only hope. And this holds not just for me and you, but for multitudes of people gasping for breath down in those crushing depths.
Multitudes in depths they cannot crawl out of, plentiful redemption coming down to lift them up — a perfect match.
“Has God bound himself that he will convert men only by small numbers or by a very gradual influence; or does he not rather, in this respect, claim the right of absolute sovereignty?”
William B. Sprague, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (Edinburgh, 1978), page 37.