3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
-Who could stand if the Lord is doing the judging? It’s not a hypothetical question because as told in scripture, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) In the presence of a Holy God, none of us can stand and if that was the end of the story, we would all be doomed to Hell. But that’s not the end of the story; as we see in verse 4, there is forgiveness with the Lord. Forgiveness means that God sent His son Jesus Christ to die on a cross for our sins “and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) The answer to the question David asks in verse 3 is simple; only Jesus can stand when the Judge of all the earth (Genesis 18:25) begins marking iniquities; so if He is not your Advocate, you don’t have a leg to stand on.