Psalm 130: Three Unproductive Outlets during Difficult Times and an unlikely solution.

There are difficulties in our lives at times and it is usually in those moments we feel God more than ever and cry out to him.  Out of the depths of our situation.  To be human is to be in trouble.  We face it on many different levels and its different for each of us, but I think it is a pretty common human experience to face trouble.

I think animals can hurt, and the earth it can be tampered or ravaged or destroyed, but it is an all-together different thing that makes us human.

We can suffer.

We can experience circumstances that cause us to wonder if anyone cares at all.

Families find fault in what we do, society could avoid us, relationships break down, it feels like the world has taken a dump on me…

 It can cause us to go in a few directions.

1. Cynic: Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. Doubtful as to whether something will happen or is worthwhile.

2. Melancholic: A deep, pensive, and long-lasting sadness; Sad, gloomy, or depressed.

3. Suicidal: the thought of killing oneself intentionally because there is nothing let to live for.

or…

In the midst of the challenges of life we hope in the character of God and wait on Him to act.

Finding Hope and Being Patient, you got to be kidding?

Hear from Ps 130…

1Out 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.

 

What does it mean for our souls to wait on the Lord, “more than watchmen for the morning”? 

4 thoughts on “Psalm 130: Three Unproductive Outlets during Difficult Times and an unlikely solution.

  • Waiting is never easy, but when we follow the God of the universe, we find ourselves in a position of waiting on His timing. I must admit there have been times in my life where I have been the cynic (God really doesn’t want to bless me in this), the melancholic (nothing is every going to get better. Just going to get by the rest of my life), but never really suicidal (thankfully!). It just comes down to developing a deeper trust in Him to wait on Him.

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