Friday, December 5, 2008

Out of the Depths - Psalm 130 Scottish Metrical Psalms

(I took this picture at Changi Beach, Singapore)

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements.

I am still learning to look to our Lord and to rest in Him daily.

Today the Lord reminded me of His goodness and mercies. Psalm 130 is one of my favourite Psalms in the Bible. In my struggles with severe depression, this Psalm has brought much comfort to me. From the depths of my dark and painful experiences, I learn to cry unto our Lord for in Him alone I can find salvation and deliverance.

Thank God that no matter what depths we may fall into in this life, we can cry unto Him and find comfort and deliverance in Him. And when He allows us to go through prolonged period of darkness, pains and sufferings, we can still have the assurance of His love and presence with us.

I thank God that He brought me to know more of Himself and His love for me through my darkest and most painful battle with depression. God is very real to me because of His presence with me and the way I see Him working in my life and delivering me time and again. I pray that I may be able to love Him and serve Him all the days of my life, and I will be able to love others with His love so that they too can know the saving grace of God and know His love and care.

And for us who have placed our trust and hope in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we can have the assurance of God's love for us and His presence with us through all the changing scenes of life. Even when we cannot feel God's presence with us because of our depression numbing our brain and feelings, we can still have the calm assurance that God loves us and is with us, and He will deliver us. And one day, when our tasks here are completed, we can have the joy of entering into our eternal rest and we shall enjoy His love and fellowship forever more, never to be hindered by sins or sicknesses any more. What a blessed hope!

Psalm 130
Scottish Metrical Psalm
1  Lord, from the depths to thee I cried.
2 My voice, Lord, do thou hear:
Unto my supplication's voice
give an attentive ear.

3 Lord, who shall stand, if thou, O Lord,
should'st mark iniquity?
4 But yet with thee forgiveness is,
that feared thou mayest be.

5 I wait for God, my soul doth wait,
my hope is in his word.
6 More than they that for morning watch,
my soul waits for the Lord;

I say, more than they that do watch
the morning light to see.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord,
for with him mercies be;

And plenteous redemption
is ever found with him.
8 And from all his iniquities
he Isr'el shall redeem.

Thanks for stopping by. May you find comfort in God's love and mercies daily.

Take care. May God grant you a very blessed weekend and Lord's day.


Anonymous said...

I love you my friend, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Blessings Nancie...Yes, He is with you as you pass through these waters...I know that you are leaning on Our Lord & it is He who will bring you rest & comfort. I'm so glad that you are able to post your beautiful photo, a scripture from the Psalms that is ministering to you and bringing you His strength to rise up & keep fighting ! May He penetrate through your numbness of feelings and continue to bring you His everlasting assurance of LOVE & PEACE & DELIVERANCE from our weaknesses.
Stay faithful as HE is faithful to
you! Keep your hope in Christ Jesus! I pray for your recovery & that you draw from Our Lord Jesus!

Anonymous said...

Great post.I loved the picture and bible verse.I was just reading that verse.Hope you have a great day.God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancie..
I can see how the Lord carries you in his precious hands, ever so gently and with such grace. I can't help but think about the poem I wrote about what kind of an ornament I would be on God's Christmas tree. I see you as his ornament of courage, the courage to share with us all the journey that you and Lord take together, even through the battles and the struggles, you get back on your feet and you press on!! Thank you for having the courage to share with us each day, you are amazing just like our heavenly father.

Hugz Lorie

Anonymous said...

Nancie, all of your posts are singularly an encouragement to me. May the Lord bless you and keep during this coming week and for all the weeks to come!

In Christ,

Anonymous said...

May you continue to sit on our Father's lap, press your ear to his heart and hear it beat out His love for you, Nancie. His arms enfold you, His eyes radiate with the delight He takes in you, His ears hear your every word, and His mouth breathes His life into you.

Blessings, Marsha