Friday, March 7, 2014

She Shares Truth: Psalm 130

I've been in the depths.

Lying on the cold, hard bathroom floor of my college dorm room sobbing to the Lord. My heart was broken and after so many months of stone cold hardness it was crying out to Him.

O Lord, hear my voice! 

Even though it may not sound familiar, it has been a while since I've called to you.

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy. 
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 

Because I know I cannot. The weight of my choices, my sin, my shame has become too much. It drives this stubborn soul to my knees.

Oh, sister. Have you been there? 

And then, a light shines through. Because there is still hope. There is always hope.

But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The good news for you and me. The better news? The darkness NEVER WILL overcome the light.

Oh, sister. Have you been there? 

Have you felt the freedom, the joy and the peace that come with forgiveness? In total surrender we find the One worthy of receiving our all. It is not too late. It will never be too late.

I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope. 

I pick myself up from the bathroom floor or wherever the latest depths have been.

For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 

I am forgiven. Loved. I am redeemed, cleansed, free.

And you are, too. 

So I will live a life of anticipation. I will fear my Lord and wait for him, breathlessly watching for his hand at work.

Will you? Will you chose to live in your identity as forgiven? Will you chose to walk out of that dark place into his glorious light? He hears you. Call out today. There are no depths too deep, no iniquity too dark. 

This post is part of the #SheSharesTruth link up with She Reads Truth. If you are stopping by from there, welcome! As I was writing this I got goosebumps thinking about other women sitting on their computers with their Bibles open pouring over the same verses at the same time. I wrote a little more about the She Reads Truth community on their one year anniversary in this post.

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  1. Lauren Beth HansonMarch 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Wow, what a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing! We ARE forgiven!

  2. "The darkness NEVER WILL overcome the light." Amen, Abby!!!!!! Love this so much!

  3. I stopped by this one because of the title -- and because I had been drawn to this verse earlier today: "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of the darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." - 2 Corinthians 4:6
    Thank you for letting your heart-light shine today, sister! I haven't written a post yet, but I fully intend to join you on this journey. May we all feel supported and loved in this beautiful community -- I agree about the goosebumps just thinking about it. :)

  4. Thank you for these words "In total surrender we find the One worthy of receiving our all. It is not too late. It will never be too late." Words I needed to hear as I surrender once again.

  5. Surrender is a daily choice for me. Thanks for stopping by, Claire!

  6. Love that verse, thanks for sharing, Tenley! Goosebumps again!!

  7. Amen, amen! Thanks for starting this whole thing!

  8. And I'm so, so glad. Thanks, Lauren Beth!