Out of the Depths

In our readings this morning, I was drawn to one of my old favorites, Psalm 130:

1 I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—
2 my Lord, listen to my voice!
Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy!
3 If you kept track of sins, Lord—
my Lord, who would stand a chance?
4 But forgiveness is with you—
that’s why you are honored.
5 I hope, Lord.
My whole being hopes,
and I wait for God’s promise.
6 My whole being waits for my Lord—
more than the night watch waits for morning;
yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!
7 Israel, wait for the Lord!
Because faithful love is with the Lord;
because great redemption is with our God!
8 He is the one who will redeem Israel
from all its sin.

I remember working at a camp while I was in college, and during our weekly staff time of worship, we would sing this Psalm as a song, and I always loved it.  It’s just such a powerful example hope in the midst of hurt, hope coming from where hope is always and only found.  God.

The Psalmist cries out in the hurt of the moment, out of the depths he cries.  And reminds us that if God kept track of our sins, none of us could be able to stand.

near1What a great reminder of that truth.  Sometimes we feel like God is keeping track of our sins, don’t we?  Like He has a running total of all that we’ve done.  He’s got a list that’s building up and He’s going to get us when the list grows too long.

That’s not the way that it works with God.  God is not out to get you.  He’s not.  When we ask forgiveness for sins, we are forgiven.  He doesn’t hold it against us, He doesn’t tally them up to get us.

There is forgiveness with Him.  As the text says, that’s why He is honored.

So today, if you are calling out to God from the depth of your sin, your brokenness, your pain, your hurt, your loss, know that God hears.

He does.  And He forgives.  He does.  He is for you.  He is on your side; He is on your team.

The depth that you are in, it is just tempory.  It will not last forever.  Don’t lose hope in that place.  Cry out God.  He hears.  He loves.  He cares.  He forgives.

Today, hope in the Lord.  Your hope will not be disappointed.

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