Archive for May 5th, 2012

Psalm 130

Psalm 130 is a chapter of hope.  The psalmist begins by admitting the sorry place he was.  “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord”!  Isn’t that the definition of life?  That we will get into a spot that is overwhelming.  Not every day.  Not all day. But on occasion, or more, we have things happen that we just can’t handle on our own.  That doesn’t make us weak or strange – it means we are alive.  Life happens and things occur that are more than we can deal with in our own strength.  We don’t like to admit it, but it is the case for all of us.

So what do we do when that happens?  Well, most of us work harder, try more, and want to deal with it on our own.  But the psalmist shows us the right response: “O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy”!  We need to take it to the Lord.  He does care.  He is listening.  He is available and more than ready and able to help come to our aid.  But more than that, He can actually take care of the situation at hand.  He is able to lift the burden from us in His time.

Some of us don’t want to approach God for any number of reasons.  The psalmist points this out.  “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand”?  None of us are good enough on our own.  Sin has put its mark on us – we have failed to live the perfect and unblemished life that is required.  So unless we understand God, our response will be to run and stay away because we are not able to stand before Him as clean and pure.  But God knows that.  It is why Jesus went to the cross.  Because we are unable to deal with sin and life on our own.  And scripture tells us here: “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared”.   We need a healthy fear of God.  Sin is a big deal.  But God offers forgiveness if we come to Him and seek it.  He will set us free from the burden of sin.

So how do we deal with the heavy things we face in life that overwhelm us?  We need to cry out and seek God first, admitting that we can’t handle all life throws at us on our own.  Then we need to get right with Him.  Clean up life and sin through a relationship with Jesus where we confess, repent and believe.  Forgiveness flows to us when we get in right standing with our Maker.  But there is one more part – the hard part – we wait.  “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”.   It doesn’t mean we dump our burdens and never do anything again.  It means we carry them to the foot of the throne of God, we get right with Him, and we let Him set the course from that point forward.

Almost always we have to do something.  But it is not what we come up with.  It means waiting for His direction and doing that.  It means obedience to His plan.  The result?  “Hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption….He will redeem”.  Hope is in the Lord.  It isn’t at the end of our own arms.  It happens when we let God be God and we put Him on the throne of our life, at the controls, calling the shots and giving the direction.  That is when we experience the blessing of life.  He is able, more than able.  The only question is whether we let Him have the wheel!

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