Sunday, January 13, 2013

Out of the Depths

 1Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
 2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 
(Psalm 130:1-2, King James Version)

Out of the Depths

Life consists of considerable opposites. There are good days and bad days, there is sunshine and rain, and there are certainly heights and depths, both physically and emotionally. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD, says the writer of Psalm 130. It seems that we do not have to be very old to have experienced those depths.

We love the heights, do we not? We love those days when everything seems to go perfectly well: we have good health, the sun is shining, our bank accounts look good, and our friends seem to be many, but oh, how we despise the bad days. How hard it is to even get out of bed in the morning when things are not going well. Maybe there is trouble in our home life, our health is not good, we are experiencing the grief of losing someone close to us, or the money just does not seem to stretch far enough to pay the bills.

The Psalmist was simply overcome with life. No help seemed available except from the Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. Wisely, he understood that no matter how bad things were, God was the One to Whom he needed to turn.

It is important for us to understand that the promises God made to His children in the Old Testament are still promises that we, as children of God, can cling to today. What if, however, we do not deserve His help? What if we are in the mess we are in because of our own sin and our own bad decisions? What right do we have to expect God to bail us out every time we get into trouble?

If our friends treated us the way we treat God, how patient would we be with them? How many times would we be willing to forgive before we finally turned out back upon them completely? Thankfully, God is not like us. Our love for others: friends, family, spouses, etc., will always be an incomplete love, but God's love is consistent, pure, and perfect!

 3The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3, King James Version)

We must always remember that God does not love us or help us because we deserve that love or help. He loves us and helps us because His love for us is pure; He has chosen us as His children even before time began, and He has brought about all of the circumstances that led us to come to Him for salvation. Truly, it is more than we can comprehend.

However, knowing this, we have every assurance that no matter how grave our circumstances may be, He is ever available and ready to come to our aid, not because we deserve it, but because He loves us so! As a matter of fact, one of the reasons God allows suffering to come into our lives is so that we will learn to turn to Him for help.

When life is going great, it is not because we are so great, or because we have made all of the right choices in life. Life is going great because we have a great God and awesome God, who has lavished us with great and awesome blessings!

What an amazing God we serve. When life overwhelms us, let us remember the words of the Psalmist, Out of the depths, have I cried to thee, O LORD, and let us do the same thing--not only this time, but the next, and the next, and the next!

God Bless You,

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