Week 3, Day 4: What Pleading Looks Like

Pleas and Thank You

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! 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? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
Psalm 130:1-6

A pleading heart has a distinct rhythm that leads to faith and hope in God.

Actor Jackie Cooper spent nearly 70 years in the film industry, with roles ranging from one of the Little Rascals to editor Perry White in the Superman movies. At the young age of 9, he would be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Skippy, a movie in which he starred along with his pet dog.

One day on the set the young actor was having a difficult time producing tears. In frustration, the director threatened to shoot Jackie’s dog. A stagehand loaded a gun with a blank, followed the dog behind a truck, and fired. Tears flowed.

What does pleading before God sound like? In Psalm 130, it sounds like a cry. It is the verbalization of the heart’s pain. No one has ever pleaded with God on cue. We can’t manufacture it. True pleading is the voicing of the pain of the heart in a way that is unique to each believer.

But after leaning on God in faith, the psalmist’s pleading produces a second sound. As the promises of God fill him with hope, his sighs turn to silence. His wailing turns to waiting. Like the forest quiets when someone approaches, his heart stills as God draws near. Psalm 130 begins with pleas, and ends with a hope-filled “thank you.”

What is the pulse of your prayers? Does it demonstrate the cadence of faith-filled pleading?

“O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

Application Questions

  • Is there any hurt you are forgetting to take to Jesus?
  • What attributes of God specifically meet the present need of your heart?
  • Have you shared your burden with the church?

Memory Verse:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1