Read Psalm 121, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129, 130
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Psalm 130:1
The Psalmist is clear about his position before God with poetic imagery at the start of this prayer. Have you ever felt like you are praying out of the depths? Rightfully so language like this shows our humility before God.
Humility, reverence, and obedience seem to be quite chummy with discipline and affliction. (Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Hebrews 5:8)
John the Baptist is an affront to placid Israel with their lack of concern for repentance much in the same way sufferings call our generation out of playing religion and stamping a mechanical time clock at church. Routine CHRISTIANITY will not do. When you are in the depths customary cliches won’t work and hopefully a life of radical prayer is born. Superficiality stops. (Ecc. 5:1)
Socrates created quite a stir in his day by repeatedly asking questions and poking holes at what the Athenians thought they knew–MUCH in the same way God’s discipline does. HIS uncomfortable truth slaps religious fakery and a I humble myself, like a younger sister calling out UNCLE to her much older and wiser brother. I yield to A GOD WHO KNOWS FAR MORE THAN I. We need God to do, what only GOD can do. Psalm 130:8 NIV He himself will redeem…