Divorce is not a Dirty Word

Week Six Day Four

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. If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O LORD, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the LORD more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:1-6

Before we really get into this Psalm, I want you to go back and notice that some references to the Lord are in all caps and some are not. The reason? LORD , means Yahweh, a name the Jewish people could not bring themselves to say aloud. Yet, Lord, not all caps, was Jehovah, someone they feared, but were not afraid of. "Okay," you may be thinking, "what is the difference?" When I think of God, the Almighty, Majestic, Holy, God, Creator of the Universe, I have a hard time feeling understood. Yet, when I think of the merciful, just, God of grace, I feel I have an audience.

The Psalmist wants an audience with the LORD, but that is beyond his comprehension. Now, on this side of Calvary, we know that the LORD , and the Lord are one in the same. We know this through the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus was both holy and merciful. It is through Him we are able to approach the throne of God and cry out, "Father, help me!"

We know that if God did indeed keep a record of our sins we would be in major trouble, at least I would. The good news is that He doesn't. Psalm 103:12 tells us that He casts our sin as far as the east is from the west. Instead, our Father God offers us forgiveness and love. He accepts us as we are. Therefore, our soul can wait on Him.

Cry says, "The cry of the soul is the suffering of childbirth, the anguished waiting for God to redeem our bodies and souls, the heavens and the earth. The complaint of the soul, "How long?" is a plea, a prayer, an accusation." The suffering of childbirth is about waiting, anticipating the arrival of something miraculous. Therefore, the cry of the soul is awaiting that tender, marvelous touch of God on our life. Researchers have proven that in every situation we have two choices; fight or flight. Childbirth needs the fighting side of us. To fight for and protect the right of that child to live.

When you look back at the story of your life, it will reveal your basic response to people and situations. However, when you take a closer look you will discover it isn't so much the situation, but the person the situation surrounds that you ran from or fought with. Fighting is an outward response of inner turmoil. To attack when you or someone you love is in anger. To stand up for your rights to freedom, or to fight for what you believe in is what this concept of fighting means. It is an inward struggle for power.

It is God's hope that our anger will lead us to Him, and we will experience new birth.

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