cry out to God for help (Psalm 130, part 1)

Psalm 130

These days, the trees turn golden and burnt orange, the autumn colors painted across the nature and I cannot stop watching, captivated by the beauty of the colors. Yet, slowly, the leaves are falling and the trees are left bare, ready for winter — and I cannot help but think, how there is so much beauty the moments before death, those moments when time seems to stop as winter takes over and the trees get buried, forgotten in the midst of snow. Here, now — it is easy to behold the beauty. But in the midst of the frozen land, life buried deep beneath the frosty ground? Waiting is hard.

Most of our life, if not all days of our life — we are waiting for something. Waiting to get a job. Waiting to find that special someone. Waiting for our family member to come to the Lord. Waiting to find a new home, one that you can afford. Waiting to find a church. Waiting for a baby. Waiting for that friend, that loved one to return to the Lord. Sometimes, oftentimes — the waiting breaks your heart, over and over again every day. Sometimes, it seems as if all hope is lost.

Friend, for the next eight weeks, we will walk through Psalm 130, verse by verse. This Psalm is a song of redemption, rising out from the depths into the redeeming hands of God as we wait for Him to come through.

“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.” (Psalm 130:1)

So often we think that struggling means we are weak. That struggling means we were not strong enough, that we were not good enough or able enough. That struggling means it is time for us to give up. My friend, hear this, please — this is not true.

I know, beloved. This life, all these broken people in this broken world — it gets so very difficult on most days, the hurt unbearable weight on our shoulders and the confusion stealing our strength. But it is when we no longer have the strength to stand that we finally are faced with those bare prayers that rise out of our hearts and it is in that moment, right there — that we finally get to the depths of our heart, to the plain land where there is nothing but the fields of our soul and our raw faith.

Charles Spurgeon says, “Prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises out of the worst places. Deep places beget deep devotion.”

This here, beloved — let these words change the way you see this trial, this impossible situation, these difficult circumstances and hard days. Deep devotion rises up from deep places, when we surrender our circumstances and ourselves to the hands of our Creator and trust that even in the deep, He hears our voice and answers our prayers. It is in the struggle, in the trial and the testing, that our faith becomes more precious. And I know, dear one — most days it feels like our faith is so weak; it is barely the size of a grain of sand, let alone a mustard seed. But we know that God remains faithful even when we are faithless. He will carry us through. We need not be ashamed, for our God can be trusted and He is good.

“He that cries out of the depths shall soon sing in the heights.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)

Are you discouraged today, friend? Are you waiting for something? Can I pray for you?

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6 thoughts on “cry out to God for help (Psalm 130, part 1)

  1. I have just started reading the book A Sacred Sorrow… it’s on the lost language of lament… that is, our culture doesn’t embrace “crying out to God” as did the men and women of scripture. While there is destructiveness in getting stuck in that state, embracing heartfelt and genuine cries to the Lord are healthy and beneficial to a strong and deep relationship with our Savior. Thanks for your post!

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    1. Thank you for these sweet words, Karen! You are so right, these genuine cries to the Lord are definitely beneficial for our relationship with the Lord. It is when we honestly face what is in our hearts, that we can bring it all to the Lord a lot easier. Thank you for stopping by here, Karen! God bless you!

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  2. Wow this post is exactly what I needed to read today. I did get some discouraging news over the weekend and in a place of wondering what the Lord is going to do to get us through it. I’m really looking forward to your series over Psalm 130. To be reminded that God uses struggle and hard situations to bring me closer to Him is an encouraging light throughout the struggle. Beautiful post Ronja.

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    1. Praise God! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this with me, Sarah. I am so sorry about the discouraging news. I’m praying that the Lord will be near and that He will comfort you in this hard season. In all of it, He remains good! God bless you, Sarah!

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  3. So many of the psalms begin with crying out for help. It’s so important for us to know we can pour out our hearts to God. It’s also good for relieving stress and our physical and mental health.

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    1. I love reading the Psalms just for that: so many Psalms of David begin with him crying out to the Lord and then you can see the change in his heart as the Psalm continues. It is something very special, knowing how our hearts can be at rest when we pour out our hearts to God. Thank you for stopping by here and taking the time to comment! God bless!

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