Dear Church family,

You may have read that I am trying to memorize 3 psalms a week as part of my Lenten devotional and discipline. Well, last week Orin Frank, the retired pastor of Greenwood Presbyterian Church, informed me that “back in the day” Scottish pastors were required to memorize all 150 of the psalms! If this is true, I have a long way to go.

This week my thoughts have often been on the words of Psalm 130. This psalm is only 117 words long and it beautifully speaks to the pain we can feel when we are in trouble and we need the Lord:

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord 

            more than those who watch for the morning,

            more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love, 

            and with him is great power to redeem.

It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.”

In memorizing this short psalm it has been powerful to realize how many times this song says, “Lord.” In 8 verses, the singer says “Lord” 8 times. This offers us great wisdom for how we can pray when we are “in the depths”. When we can barely pray and when life is so difficult we can hardly sleep, we can cry out, “Lord!”

Today, if you find yourself in the depths, I pray that this psalm can give you comfort and also give you strength. For in the Lord “there is great power to redeem”. What that means is that he can carry you up from any depth. So if you can pray nothing else, then just pray, “Lord!” Sometimes there is nothing more faithful you can do than this, and then wait and watch for the morning.

Christ’s Peace be with you today,