[Daily Devotion] March 16th, 2016

[Daily Devotion] March 16th, 2016

Hear my Voice Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
    Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
    so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than those who watch for the morning,
    more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
    from all its iniquities.

What does the passage say?

V. 1-4 The reason the Psalmist can call out to the Lord is because of grace. He understands that if God ‘kept a record of sins,’ no one will be able to safe from God’s wrath. It is because of the Grace of God we can be called God’s people, and cry out to Him. 

V. 5-6 With confidence the Psalmist waits for God’s hand to work in his life. God is faithful that He will listen to our prayers and answer them. The matter is that God does it in God’s own time. Prayer is not to push God’s time to our convenience; it is a process for us to yield and wait for God’s will to be done. 

V. 7-8 The Psalmist tells the people to put their hope into God’s unfailing love. It is interesting to see that he doesn’t say, “God will redeem Israel from their problems,” but rather saying “God will redeem Israel from their sins.” Why did the intent change? Why not ask for deliverance out of crisis. I will say that the Psalmist understood that understood that restored relationship with God is greater than the deliverance of crisis. 

What does this passage mean to me/us?

When we encounter difficulties in life, we are prone to ask for help from God. Everyone likes prayers. However, in my opinion, people don’t fully understand what we need to ‘wait on.’ Of course waiting for God’s deliverance in those situations are crucial, but is God is only a God who takes care of our problems?

God wants our heart. God wants a reestablished relationship. Maybe all these crises happened because we lost our focus from God. And I am not saying that God gives this crisis for us to turn back. Before we ask for help, it is right for us to examine our relationship with God. That is what we need to wait on. A restored relationship. Once that happens, we see that the crisis is nothing in God’s eyes. 

Are we waiting?Are we waiting for that restoration to happen? I will wait on your Lord while I worship. 

What are your thoughts?

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