Devotional – Monday, November 9, 2020

De Profundis

Psalm 130

It is now Friday evening, November 6, 8:30 p.m., and guess what I am doing? Like most of you, I am waiting to find out who our U.S. President will be as of January 20, 2021. By the time you read this, we may know; or we may not. This is an unprecedented election in an unimaginably tense political/social/racial atmosphere in our nation. If I allow myself to wander into the middle of the bewildering array of dissenting comments and commentaries, I would be in the pits of despair. That, believe me, is not a good place to be – never has been; never will be.

The Psalmist knew something about that dark place. “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.” In this pit of despondency, the Psalmist is forced, compelled to wait, to wait, to wait, to wait. Verses 5 and 6 repeat the refrain over and over: “I wait for the Lord.” Interestingly, it is in the pits where the Psalmist finds hope, not outside the pit. From the depths, “De Profundis,” the Psalmist waits for God to act. The Psalmist knows that God will act because God has already acted. “…for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.” (verse 7)

It is now 9:15 p.m. Beverly just checked on the latest reports on vote counting. We still don’t know who will lead our nation for the next four years. I am waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, as I have been for the past three days. But you know what? I am not going into the depths of despair. I am waiting in hope, because I have seen the redemptive love of God at work in the past. I know that no matter who is elected as president of our nation, God is in control of our future. 

I found a wonderful rephrasing of the grand old Martin Luther hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” This particular line is an appropriate closing refrain for these reflections: “Though nations stand unsure, God’s Kingdom shall endure: God’s power shall remain, and peace shall ever reign. The Lord of hosts is with us.”

Grace and Peace to all. 

Offered by Rev. Dr. Julius R. “Tip” Tipton

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