Psalm 130:1,2 - Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
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We’re taught when we’re younger, that if we fall down, we should just get back up again. That lesson is not just for when we are learning to walk, or ride bikes, or ride horses, but it’s a great lesson for life in general. When we fall down, we are not to stay down, but to get back up again and keep going.
What this lesson doesn’t take into account is when we fall down and are badly hurt or when we fall down and simply cannot get back up again. You may be thinking about the old alert monitoring system commercial from years ago when an older lady is home alone and she uses her alert necklace and says, “I’ve fallen and I can get up!” When I was younger and stronger, this was amusing. As I get older and weaker, this is looking like it may be a real possibility.
Recently, I saw a news piece about the dangers of walking while texting. It showed actual footage of someone walking on a city sidewalk, texting, and then walking right into an open manhole. This person was badly hurt because of not paying attention.
That’s what I think of in Psalm 130. Sometimes we find ourselves in places that simply getting up on our own is not possible, whether physically or emotionally or spiritually. Sometimes we find ourselves in depths desperately needing help.
When this happens, know that the Lord is strong enough to help us when we fall and can’t get up. His able to heal us and lift us out of a deep pit we’ve fallen into. He’s able to surround us with power to save us from the emotional depth we’re trapped in. Cry out to Him today. His ears will be attentive and His arms will be strong.