Prayers from the Depths

Prayers from the Depths

Psalm 130:1-5 (NLT)

From the depths of despair, O Lord,

I call for your help.

Hear my cry, O Lord.

Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,

who, O Lord, could ever survive?

But you offer forgiveness,

that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

Our prayers from the depths of despair are often not pretty. They are more like wails, moans, or screams, more sound and noise than meaning and manners, often denouncing or disrespecting the very God we cry out to.

But we are desperate for God to hear these cries, because if God doesn’t hear, who does? Then, our fears would be confirmed; then, we are truly alone in our deepest, darkest moments when all else is stripped away but our sound.

What if some bystander was recording your lowest moment and posted it for the world to see? God has real time access to our deepest, darkest secrets, but, according to this passage, he doesn’t record our worst moments to publicize. He instead offers a word we can count on. Forgiveness. Because God isn’t a bystander to our sin and brokenness, he entered into our guttural moans of pain and despair. He stepped down into earth as a human being. Jesus cried “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” from the depths of hell, so we can have hope. Hope in The Word offered.


God, I’m counting on you. Don’t let me down. Please don’t record, even though my heart has been keeping score against me and you. I tally my sins as excuses to why I can’t draw near, but there is no distance between me, my breath, and you here in the depths. Instead of justice, You speak mercy over me. I’m counting on You, and you’re showing me over and over again that You really do add up.

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