Here's a powerful thought from John Owen regarding Psalm 130:3. Now I can probably guess what you’re thinking. It’s either “John who?” or “Not Owen! He’s too difficult to understand.” Let me say that this is definitely worth taking in and not too tough on our brains. We need this constant, daily reminder of God’s grace and mercy. Owen wrote:
“The state of spiritual decays is recoverable. No man that is fallen under it has any reason to say, there is no hope, provided he take the right way for his recovery. If every step that is lost in the way to heaven should be irrecoverable, woe would be to us; we should all assuredly perish. If there were no reparation of our breaches, no healing of our decays, no salvation but for them who are always progressive in grace; if God should mark all that is done amiss, as the Psalmist speaks, ‘O Lord, who should stand?’ Nay, if we had not recoveries every day, we should go off with a perpetual backsliding" [my emphasis added].
As King Solomon put it, "... the righteous falls seven times and rises again..." (Proverbs 24:16 ESV). And from Job we read, "He [the Lord] will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you" (Job 5:19 ESV). Bottom line, true Christians have no reason for total despair. From cover to cover, the Bible shouts out that all this is the Lord's work and He will complete the good work He has begun in us through His steadfast love. For further encouragement and support, check out Ps. 57:2, Ps. 138:8, Phil. 1:6, and 1 Thess. 5:24.