Cry from the depth!
Verse for Today: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Psalms 130:1 – Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
The cry of the Psalmist points to the depth into which God’s children would be sometimes pushed down by people and situations. But just as in the case of Jonah in the belly of the fish, the child of God can be conscious of the presence and nearness of God so that He can be called upon. The Holy Spirit who dwells in us reminds us to call upon the Lord even in the depth of our hopelessness. The enemy always tries to engulf God’s children in problems. He uses people, circumstances and things to create settings to push us into pits from which we would find it difficult to come out on our own. The enemy will use all his powers to force us down physically through weaknesses and sickness. He would use psychological pressure through frustration and hopelessness. He would make the circumstances cumbersome and chaotic. The depth often has mire from which it is difficult to come up, and the more strength we use, the deeper we will go. From such a depth, when our strategies fail us, we will see that our trust in the Lord alone would give us hope to hang in there until help comes from our Lord. Like the Psalmist, there are times when we conclude that we would never come out of the pit. Probably Joseph and Jeremiah had such thoughts haunting them while in the pit and in the broken cistern. Perhaps such thought would have been used to add distress to the heart of Daniel while he was in the lion’s den. But the Lord and His power made it possible for safe delivery for all His children to come out of the depths. When waves beat us, our Lord gives us cover. When the mire pushes us down, the Lord pulls us up. He makes it clear to us that we do not escape out of our own strength and strategy, but solely because of the Lord’s power and His timely intervention. A resurrection awaits the crucifixion. An elevation awaits imprisonment as in the case of Joseph. There is deliverance from the fiery furnace and the lion’s den. Today our Lord hears us when we cry out from the depths and He will extend His mighty hands to pull us out at the right time and continue to use us for His glory.
Dear friend, are you in a hopeless situation today and feeling like you are in the depth of mire of circumstances and relationships? Do you feel that you are fast going down and that there is no scope for you to come out? But your cries are still heard by your Lord. He is attentive to your prayers and He sees your tears. He knows the seriousness of your situation much better than you know. He is near you as you call. Perhaps He will begin to lift you up only when you lose all your trust in your own capacity to get out of the mire and the depth. It is when all your strength wanes and all your efforts become futile that His power and strength begin to work in your situation. But rest assured that your prayers will definitely be answered. Your tears will not go waste. Your sob and heartache will find a solace in the Lord’s presence. He will not allow you to sink deeper. He will answer you at the right time and will never be late. As you keep crying to the Lord, He keeps working behind the scene to lift you up. As He pulls you out, He will wash you clean of all the dirt from your difficult circumstances and put you on the right path on your pilgrimage. Today let us confide in our Lord who hears our cries and acts at the right time to pull us out of our difficult circumstances.
Psalms 40:2 – He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He sets my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Thought for Today
No depth of problems is too far to prevent our cries from reaching the ears of the Lord.
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