“Out of the depth I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. . .I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. . .” (Psalm 130:1-2,5 NIV)
Just some thoughts on these verses:
God is in the depths, as well as in the heights. He hears me, in my lows and in my highs.
I am confident that God hears my cries for His mercy. I can cling to Him in desperation, because there is no other One that I am positive will be able to help me.
I’m not the only one who has to wait. The wonderful, comforting aspect of the Psalms is their demonstration of our common human condition. “Waiting” for God to direct the next step is not unique to my experience.
I have God’s Word. I can trust Him; I can trust His Word. My hope is not in my circumstances, my health (or my husband’s), my emotions — my hope is in God, and He reveals Himself to me through His Word.
I don’t have to know the future (though I think I would like to);
I don’t have to know outcomes (though I think I would like to);
I can know God; He has given me His Word; He has made promises to me, and I can trust Him.
“O Israel, [Beverly], put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.” (Psalm 130:7 NIV)