Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
One-way communication is very disconcerting. I consider, for example, people who have worked with space probes or distant surface rovers. An instruction goes out. At the speed of light, the probe is far enough away you could reasonably go out for coffee before the message gets to its destination. The system sends an acknowledgement, which allows you the same time again before you learn whether the message was received.
Psalm 130 speaks of prayer “out of the depths.” We cry out to the Lord but we are left uncertain whether God has heard or not. And in our times of doubt and fear we also wonder if we are praying rightly or not. Maybe the Lord hears and will ignore us! This is why the Psalmist asks the Lord to hear him (v. 2).
What confidence do we have? God hears and answers. In verse 3 he is forgiving. In verses 5-6 the Lord is the one who we know will arrive, like the morning. In verse 7 we see the Lord is the loving one who redeems His people. We may not always find the answer to our prayer, at least not instantly. But God hears and answers. He is there, and He always hears His people.
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