During Lent, the ladies at She Reads Truth are encouraging their readers to Share Truth once a week on our blogs or social media. Each day during Lent we are studying different aspects of the season, God’s Word and spiritual disciplines – and once a week we get a new challenge – to write a devotion, study or reflection on a verse.
Today is the first installment and for the rest of Lent I will be attempting to join in and share with you all. To read more about the idea, CLICK HERE
This week’s verse is Psalm 130:
Waiting for the Redemption of the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption. 8 And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
I sat down to write this multiple times and every time I hit a brick wall. I had nothing. “Well there’s a great start” I thought!
You see the last few days life has been a whirlwind. Captain America and I are currently living in a whirlwind. Life is frenzied to say the least. We both feel pulled in a hundred different directions, we are constantly ‘putting out fires’, and in the midst of that it is very easy to get distracted.
This morning, I mentioned this to Captain America and said I was struggling to write something. He read the passage from scripture and said “well that’s exactly what’s happening to us right now!”. He was right.
The verse says,
“Out of the depths I have cried to you, O Lord”
We are crying out to God We want to hear His voice above all the other voices. We need to hear His voice above all the distractions, confusion, and unrest.
“Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.”
We want Him to hear our supplications (requests).
“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?”
We are surrounded by iniquities, and we need God’s perspective on all the situations. We need to see these issues through the eyes of our merciful, forgiving God.
“But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.”
We need to forgive.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning.”
I need to wait on God. I need to control my soul-my mind, will and emotions-and not react out of pain, hurt, confusion, anger, seeming injustice, frustration, exhaustion, fear-in my usual over-zealous reactionary emotion driven way.
I need to hear and know God’s Word BEFORE I respond. I need to wait. I don’t like to wait. In fact, I hate waiting!
“O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.”
I need to trust in God’s ultimate redemption rather than seeking my own form of quick justice.
God WILL redeem. God WILL restore.
I choose to put my hope in the Lord, for with Him there is mercy and abundant redemption.