Within Shouting Distance
In this sermon on the God who hears us, we are challenged to cry out to God, even if we find ourselves in the depths of despair. He's listening right now.
Why are you shouting?
Do you ever shout at someone because they’re hard of hearing? Do you ever shout at God? Is that to release frustration or is it because you think he’s hard of hearing or not listening?
A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
Out of the depths I cry to you
Psalm 130:1–2 ESV
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
Most of the time the watery depths are under control, but every now and then they splash over into our lives and threaten to undo all God has established.
What each of these common expressions share is an intimation of the gravity of mortality. Even the “little deaths” of disappointment, the temporary inconveniences of sickness, or the strain of difficult relationships can steal the life from life. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice.” (T.E. McGrath)
God hears and listens to us
1 John 5:14 ESV
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
The Bible tells us whether we are in the depths today or not, God hears us. But sometimes we can feel like God isn’t really listening. Like he’s put his Out of Office on and our prayers aren’t getting through.
Wait and Hope
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
How do we wait? Confidently? Expectantly? Impatiently?
The psalmist does not simply cry out from the depths. He cries out to God from the depths.
God is listening right now. Right now is the right time to call on him. So use these next few moments to speak to him.
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