Out of the Depths

Psalms 130: 1Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

David began this psalm with “out of the depths” and vividly showed us his condition.  He described his worst distress and how to get out of it.  Regardless of the cause, even in the deepest hardship of life, we can do something—call on the Lord.    He is not in distress and overwhelmed like we find ourselves.  He can reach down because he is above it all.  Jesus went into a pit far deeper to be our Savior and purchase a salvation with the power to deliver us from distress.  We get so used to things being hard, bad, and distressful; it seems to be one thing after another.  The influence is around us to do wrong.  Maybe you have caved in.  The devil knocks us down and pushes us deeper and deeper making us feel farther and farther away from deliverance.  No matter how deep, there is a way out.  That way is Jesus.  No matter how deep you are, you are not beyond the reach of Jesus.  When he came out of the tomb, he led captivity captive.  He arose through it all bringing victory to all who call on his name.  There is the peace and hope.

What “depth” are you in?  Is it your own sinfulness?  Have you departed from the Lord or have never accepted him as Savior?  The longer you go in sin, you’ll find that sin adds to sin.  If you don’t look to Jesus, you will go deeper and deeper in the depths.  You soon be in over your head.  There are a thousand ways to sin.  Even at the lowest of sin, God will hear your cry if you call on him.

Satan puts out snares.  You can be and do anything you want and be accepted in this world, but if a person continues in sin, God will not accept him.  Sin and Satan will put you in the pit.  If you’re trapped by Satan’s snares, the bottom may open up and you’ll find yourself in hell.  Satan has a bunch of traps; he’ll use anything he can on any of us.  If you are trapped and can’t be and do what you should, it’s time to turn this thing around.  The devil doesn’t have to ensnare us.  We have King Jesus!  It’s time for the devil to choke on his own junk.  Jesus can spring the trap and set you free.

That’s why David called out of the depths.  It’s a challenge to live by faith.  All the people in the Bible faced challenges and found themselves in the depths.  Peter was in prison when he wrote his second epistle.  He didn’t whine about it. He encouraged others to go on.  Upside down on a cross when he was killed, he could look up to heaven.  No matter how deep you are, cry out to the Lord.  There is everything you need.

David assessed the shape he was in.  Life will get harder as time goes on.  Every one of us will have to call on the Lord and use our faith.  God will deliver us.  David was in the depths, in over his head and couldn’t swim.  Guess what.  Jesus walks on water.  In our way of saying it, David was at the bottom of the barrel.  No matter how deep your barrel, there is one who can reach the bottom and pull you out.  We also might call it at the end of my rope.  Don’t get caught with the noose around your neck and the trap door open.  You have a prayer left.  Call on the Lord.  Those who have been in the service and trained for battle have been in a fox hole.  That’s a place you don’t want to see rain or snow.  The sides get slick and muddy and you can’t climb out.  If you’re in a fox hole, Jesus is there; he will hear your cry and get you out. In verse two David said Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

Psalms 125 says that the afflictions of the righteous are many.  If we call on God, he will answer.  He’ll bring us out.  Why does he do it?  Look at verse 4.  But there is forgiveness with thee.  Call on the Lord; you will find forgiveness.  Verse 7 says let Israel hope in the Lord.  You may feel there is no hope, no use in calling on God.  There IS forgiveness and there IS hope.  If there was ever a time we need this, it is now, and God is the source.  With the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.  I can pray for you, but I can do little.  The Lord can show real mercy, a grace to help in the time of need.  Jesus knows what size rope to use to pull us out.  Redemption is plenteous.  To redeem means to buy back.  He gets us out of the depths.

Wouldn’t it feel good to be out of the depths?  Would it be great to not feel distressed?  If you are in the midst of the depths, cry unto the Lord.  He’ll hear you and pull you out.

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