FOR MONDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 130
“From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer.” (Psalm 130:1-2, New Living Translation)
If you have ever felt like the bottom has fallen out of your life – this is the psalm for you! Everyone, at some time, faces the depths of despair in some form or another. At such times, we may feel that no one could ever understand what we’re going through, that no one can nor should even try to reach us when we feel so low. That’s why we isolate ourselves when our hearts are broken so that no one can see nor reach us.
Yet, God can. God knows what we’re are going through. God cares. Eugene Peterson writes that “our place in the depths isn’t out of God’s reach”. He also reminds us that while “the ‘bottom’ has a bottom, . . . the heights are boundless” [Conversations, p. 913]. Whenever we are low we can look nowhere else but up to the Lord and wait for God’s help.
PRAYER: God of Comfort, give me the patience to wait upon You to lift me up from the depths of my heartache. Renew my trust in Your faithful care. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]