1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
I look at verse 1 two different ways. Out of the depths could mean out of the depth of trouble that I am in the midst of. Every other time the word for depth is used in the OT, it is used in conjunction with water, like someone is drowning and crying for hep way down deep under the water. Who wouldn’t cry if they were drowning – this is a cry for help – a cry out of desperation. All of us have times when we cry out of the depths of our need. It is a cry for help in troubled times – for rescue from trials.
But I also see a cry out of the depths meaning a cry from the depth of my soul – way down deep inside me. It is a cry of praise, a cry of worship, a cry of rejoicing. There are so many times when my very soul cries out, tears in my eye, for that fellowship with my Lord. It s a heart cry that I cry often, and it comes from way down deep.
Who doesn’t want God to hear them when they pray or when they worship? It was always a comfort to me when my kids would ask me to pray about a certain situation. hey have not always served the Lord, but they would still ask for prayer. I think they felt that their prays would not be heard, that God would not be attentive to them because they were far from Him in their lives and minds. So they came to me to pray for them – they knew I had a much closer relationship with Him and felt God would hear me. Now that they are all serving God again, they still ask me to pray, and I am so thankful they do. What a privilege to be in this position!
I am always asking God to be attentive to my voice, and I am always trying to be attentive to His. He expects that, and He deserves that. He promises He will (Jer 33:3), and that He will show us great and mighty things we cannot imagine. You can count on that and depend on it. The Psalmist asked God to be attentive ad hear His voice – we should always pray the same thing. It is His mercy that hears us – that takes the time to know our desires. We do not deserve His attention at all, yet He gives iit to us. With 7 billion people on this earth, He is attentive to me when I cry – that is an amazing thing. I am so grateful he does!
3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Where would I be without His mercy – His forgiveness? Where would I be if the guilt and shame over my sin stayed with me all my life, and there was no remedy? where would this world be if Christ had never died to pardon and forgive us? Where would we be if God held all our iniquities against us? I shudder to think about the answers to those questions.
I shudder to think where I would be if His voice did not ring out from the cross “Father forgive them, for they know not what to do”. That prayer reached down through time and forgave me. I did not know what I was doing. I did not know of my sin against an all mighty, Holy God. Once my sin was revealed through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I was so glad His mercy had a remedy for me. He has a remedy for all sin – His blood, shed for us. he forgives us, and does not hold our iniquities against us, as long as we have placed those iniquities under the covering of His blood. Have you done that? It is never too late to ask for His mercy – and He has plenty to cover your sins.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
David was a shepherd and the youngest in his family, which most likely meant that he would take the night shift. I worked the night shift for many years when I was younger, and I was always ready for the morning to come. I can only start to imagine how much a shepherd would wait for the morning to arrive. Noises of the night, lonely, cold having only sheep for company all night long. The morning probably seemed a long way off.
Sometimes God may seem a long ways away from you. Sometimes you may feel lonely and afraid he does not hear you, or that He will not answer. Waiting can be so difficult, But when we hope in t=His word, we can not feel discouraged, because His word has precious promises that tell us He will answer, that he does hear our cry and that He will be there for us – always. Our God loves us so much He gave us assurances of His mercy and grace. he gave us assurance of answers to our prayers. he gave us assurance that He hears us. When we put our hope in His word, the wait will not seem so bad. Here are a few scriptures to show you what I mean:
Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
2 Chron 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Jer 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Psalm 17:6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
With the Lord is mercy and redemption/ Turn to Him today and finds out what that means for you. You will never regret it!promi