Sunday, 15 December 2013

Ringtones and Supplications; Mornings and Hope

(This reading is based on Psalm 130 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs)

"Let Your ear be attentive the voice of my supplications." Ps. 130: 2
I suspect that it is a standard feature of the average phone these days is that you can apply a specific ringtone to a selected number. With this you can know when it's your "sweetie," or any other member of your immediate family that is calling as opposed to your work or everyone else.
In a similar fashion God is able to interpret our various utterances to Him, so much so that our supplications have a voice - or ringtone. This is not a far-fetched idea, because by experience we know when something is wrong when a person uses a certain tone with us. Ever notice that even with dogs, or animals in the wild that there is a certain way they seem to make sounds that sets off their fellow animals around? God has designed it that way, and He stands ready to respond to our cries for help.
"My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning." Ps 130: 6
I've gone through entire (endless) nights, being in constant pain, and I have been there when I searched the windows for the first indications of breaking of dawn. Somehow mornings seem to bear the tidings of hope for release from whatever it is that would haunt us (especially during the night). In fact, being in certain situations is tantamount to being in an unending night. We often describe it as going through a nightmare. No wonder we sing this song with such hope and expectation, "O it must be the breaking of the day, O it must be the breaking of the day, the night is almost gone, the day is coming on, O it must be the breaking of the day." Yes, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."
"And in His word do I hope... O Israel, hope in the Lord," (Ps 130: 5, 7)
The Word of God reinforces our hope in God as it reassures us that in Him we find:
Forgiveness - "But there is forgiveness with You," (verse 4)
Mercy - "For with the Lord there is mercy," (verse 7)
Redemption - "And with Him is abundant redemption," (verse 7)
What a rich passage this is. Thank you Lord.

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