While it is true that we should never allow our emotions to lead us, it is equally true that suppressing emotion is harmful to a person’s well-being. Fact is, God made you and me emotional beings; and so, expressing anger, happiness, sorrow, fear, disgust, and affection are divinely sanctioned. As we experience the highs and lows of life, we face them physically, mentally, volitionally, and yes, emotively…body, mind, will, and emotions all fully engaged in the process of living.
The Book of Psalms is unique in that it expresses human joys and sorrows, thanksgivings and agonies, praises and contrition to the Lord. The Bible is God’s message to us, but the Psalms are Scripture unlike any other in that they alone express the heart of the creation to the Creator. God wants to hear us pray to him “out of the depths” (Psalm 130:1) of our souls. What a blessing, then, that through the Holy Spirit he inspired these songs and poems for our benefit.
This series will look at ten selected Psalms chosen for their familiarity, theme, and the impact that they will have in our relationship with Jesus Christ as we walk with him through all of life’s experiences.
Memorizing Psalm 130
What better place to start praying the Psalms than with, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!”
During this series, we are going to memorize the eight verses of this Psalm together.
Read them over and start adding them to your personal times with the Lord.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
June 3–4 Watch
Wisdom: His delight is in the law of the Lord
Psalm 1 // Todd Dugard
June 10–11 Watch
Exaltation: Bless the Lord O my soul
Psalm 103 // Todd Dugard
June 17–18 Watch
Legacy: Unless the Lord builds the house
Psalms 127, 128 & 78 // Marvin Brubacher
June 24–25 Watch
Penitence: I acknowledged my sin to you
Psalm 32 // Marvin Brubacher
July 8–9 Watch
Lament: I am lonely and afflicted
Psalm 25 // Trevor Peacock
July 15–16 Watch
Devotion: You hem me in
Psalm 139 // Rick Buck
July 22–23 Watch
Confidence: You are with me
Psalm 23 // Todd Dugard
July 29–30 Watch
Gratitude: I will give thanks to you
Psalm 30 // Darren Milley
August 5–6 Watch
Satisfaction: My flesh faints for you
Psalm 63 // Roger Freeman
August 19–20 Watch
Glory: What God has done
Psalm 66 // Todd Dugard