Advent Devotion 12-16-19

Monday, December 16, 2019                                                                                     

Psalm 130:1-6

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

Simple Trust

When I read Psalm 130:1-6, I think of all the times I have sought out another in my life.  My mother or father when I was young, out of fear or distress.  My friends or teachers or coaches when I was an adolescent, out of fear or need or distress.  As an adult I cry out to my wife or my friends or my parents in distress or when I am distraught.  As an adult, I am also sometimes the recipient of those cries for help or comfort from my own wife or children or family.  God has placed these people in my life, not to replace God as the one I cry to, but to remind me, through the community that God has placed me in, that I am not alone.  And yet, sometimes, still I forget that God is with me in my distress.

I think of my dog, Haste.  Of course, she’s not a person, and perhaps because of that, she is loving and trusting without question.  She is joyful in my presence.  She is patient when she is waiting to be fed or walked.  She shows the utmost humility when rebuked.  She obeys out of love. Would that I could be as faithful to God as she is to me and to all of the members of our family.

And yet, I know that I’m not.  All I have is the hope in God’s forgiveness.  In this I put all my trust.

Let us pray. Dear LORD, my soul waits for you. In your forgiveness I put my trust.  I know you will hear my cry!  Amen.

Submitted by:  Britton Warner