Yikes! So, I'm really excited (and maybe a little bit nervous too) to take a shot at writing my own devotional for She Reads Truth -- part of an exercise that is taking place during Lent. If you haven't yet, I totally recommend checking these guys out! Every day, they provide a super solid devotional and you're connected with "a vast and beautiful community of women committed to growing closer to Jesus by seeking His face." I have found it to be absolutely marvelous, and God is definitely doing big, huge things for His Kingdom through this organization, and I am extremely humbled to be able to take part in writing for them today!
Now I suppose it's time for me to stop dilly dallying and actually get to the text...
Ladies (and maybe gents) open your bibles to Psalm 130 and lets dive in!
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
This psalm (and so many others) is really neat because the psalmist has obviously messed up big time, which I think we can all resonate with--me especially.
In verses one and three, he is acknowledging his sins; he is crying out from the depths; he is acknowledging that sin leads to death and that before a Holy God, no one is blameless. There are so many times my life feels like I'm in the depths, too. I'm in danger of myself and in imprisonment to my sin and the world just like the psalmist is.
But, read verse two! I love how confidently he comes to God...he just says "hear what I'm saying. Listen to me God." And God DOES! Despite being in the depths, and no matter how deep or if this is the first or fortieth time, God is actively listening to the psalmist's cries and working on his heart.
Just look at the last two verses. There is steadfast love and plentiful redemption. Check. It. Out. Okay, I'm gonna nerd on you really fast but I promise you will be as excited as I am when I'm through. So, in Hebrew, steadfast love comes from a word that means loyal love or loving, kindness, favor; and it is paired with emeth which basically means absolutely dependable to. Then, there's redeem which comes from padah which means "to ransom or release from iniquities." Those are the depths and iniquities from the beginning of the psalm.
And, if you paid close enough attention to my nerding, you, like the psalmist, will also have a soul that longs for The Lord. He exclaims how he is waiting in eagerness for God and God's word, which is His promise to save Israel. He equates the waiting to that of watchmen for the morning which gives us a picture of the sort of passion and perseverance it takes. In John Calvin's commentary on Psalm 130:6 he mentions, "for it is too manifest how slow and cold we are in elevating our minds to God, and also how easily we are shaken and even fall at every little blast of wind."
God hears our pleas no matter how many times we have fallen, or how low we've sunk, and He has promised to redeem us with His steadfast love, which is fully displayed at the cross.
Therefore, we can come to Him confidently.
Let our souls long for the Lord no matter how long we must wait! Amen.