February 26 – Out of the Depths I Cry Unto You

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. The Psalms provide such wonderful meditation for the Lenten season. The prayers in this wonderful collection of songs and poems have become my own as I seek a closer relationship with God through this time of repentance and reflection. The praise included in this great book reminds us of the mighty power of God juxtaposed to his amazing love for all people.

During Lent this year, I am planning to open each service with a prelude reflection on a psalm. On February 11, I played a piece that portrays Psalm 130. This psalm has become the prayer of my heart during this season. It begins with a beckoning for God to lend an open ear to a sinner’s cries for mercy.

I love how The Message translates the next part: “If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped.” God is always ready to forgive. God desires a relationship with us, and that is one of the most precious gifts to ever have been given.

Last week as I was reflecting on Psalm 130 and preparing this post, a dear friend sent me a short devotional about the old hymn “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus.” It fits so perfectly with the message of this psalm. So often we allow our eyes to be focused on the visible but temporary things of this world. But Christ calls us to set our sights on those things that are unseen yet eternal.

Spending time alone with God is the best way to develop eyes that see the unseen. God is there to redeem us, hold us, guide us, and help us to see. The psalmist reminds us that even when we falter, “with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.”

– Shelton