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Psalm 130; Luke 2:25-32

Psalm 130; Luke 2:25-32


Sermon: Out of the Depths (De Profundis)
Bible Passage: Psalm 130; Luke 2:25-32

I. The psalmist says that he was in “the depth” or “in deep waters” or “in the abyss—a deep hole which has no bottom” (verse 1)

1. It is a metaphor for “sea of personal troubles” (verse 1)
2. The Hebrew word for “the depth” refers to a deep place which is proximate to Sheol and an unbridged separation from the LORD
3. Therefore, the word “the depth” needs to be in CAPS “the Deep” ­––a proper noun

II. The psalmist’s sin caused him the spiritual abyss

1. It is almost like living in Hell (verse 1, 3)
2. (here at the church, there are some who are in spiritual abyss because of their sins and wrong choices, but sadly in denial and ignorance)
3. (what are some of the things that drags believers to spiritual abyss?)
4. Only God can bring him out from this deepest of the deepest abyss

III. The Psalmist feels that his cry for help was not heard instantly (verses 2-3)

1. The repetition of “cry out,” “listen to my voice,” and “pay attention to” shows the desperation the psalmist was in (verses 1, 2)
2. Despite the covenant relationship between the psalmist and God, the psalmist did not have much claim over this relationship because of his sin
3. Only God is the One who maintains this relationship, which He does
4. The psalmist feels that God’s delay in answering his prayer is due to his sin (vv. 3-4)
5. The psalmist seems to be really worried why there was a delay in God’s response

IV. Even while in the abyss, the psalmist acknowledges the character of God (verse 4), that gives him hope

1. The psalmist knows that the Lord forgives (verse 4)
2. [Many people continue in the abyss or choose to be abyss because of the theology of legalism]
3. Man cannot survive even a second if God were to deal with for his sins (verse 3)
4. Before the holiness of God, man cannot stand even a minute

V. It looks like that God answered his cry that has given him a theology of “De Profundis” (verses 5-8)

 1. Divine forgiveness leads to true worship of God (verse 4b)
2. Waiting on God or counting on God became the psalmist spiritual lessons (verse 5)
3. Yearning for the Word of God (verse 5) at the time of desperate need
4. The Word of God cleanses and convicts the sinners

VI. The psalmist teaches others to wait for God’s forgiveness (verse 7)

 1. He appeals to God’s loyal love (verse 7) [In verse 5-7, he cites his example of how he waited for the LORD]
2. He assures them God’s redemptive act (verse 7) “buying out of bondage”
3. He assures them about God’s healing from the result of their sin (verse 8)

VII. Psalm 130 is a kind of prophetic psalm that fulfills in God’s sending of His Son Jesus Christ (Luke 2:25-32)

 1. Simeon was a praying for God’s comfort of Israel (2:25)
2. He says, “My eyes have seen the salvation of the Lord” (2:30)

a. The Light for Gentiles (2:32)
b. The glory for Israel (2:32)

 Take Away:
Wait patiently for God in prayer for God’s redemption of  because He is gracious

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at