DAY 29

April 3, 2017

 REFLECT:

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
   Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

 

While on a ship in the middle of the ocean I was marveled at the beauty of the sky and the waters. But at one point I imagined... what if the ship wrecked? There is no land in sight! We are surrounded by water. And under the water there are many creatures who could eat me... and I can't breath under water. "Oh my goodness," I panicked momentarily, "please Lord, don't let anything happen to this ship," I prayed. 

 

I feel like this is what David is going through here in Psalm 130.

It's like he was desperate for land, but the land he was longing for was God's mercy and forgiveness. He knew he had sinned,

perhaps when he looked at a woman with lust,

or when he sent his servants to bring her to him,

or when he sent her husband to the front of the battlefield so that he'd die... 

David had given in to his flesh.

He allowed his eyes lead him to sin.

And there was a snowball affect.

One sin led to another. 

And there he was.

Caught. Busted. Sinful. Wretched.

Everywhere he turned there was no land in sight, no rescue boat headed his way. 

 

But something in him believed. He believed that God could still forgive him.

His soul cried out. He was yelling S.O.S. from the deepest parts of his being. 

He could almost see himself drawing (or burning).

But he believe God was greater than his sin. 

He believed God's promises could one day still come true.

He believe that God loved him enough to reach out and rescue him from the depths of his despair. 

So he cried, and cried.

And he waited and waited.

 

I am not sure what despair you may be going through or what sin you have committed.

 

But know that God is listening to your prayers. 

God has sent a rescue boat to rescue you and he will not let you drawn or burn.

Therefore, WAIT!

He will extend His hands toward yours and He will forgive you and lift you up. 

 

CONFESS:

God, be merciful to me;
Erase my transgressions.
Wash me wholly from my sin;
Cleanse from every evil within me. 

Wash me from the stain of my sin.

And may the blood of your son Jesus

wash me as white as snow. 

In His name. Amen!

 

PRAY:

Psalm 86

1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

 

 

 

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