1. Hope needed: What does it mean to cry out of the
depths? Owens found himself in a difficult place
early in his life. He felt God's call upon him, but
it was going to cost him.
2. Hope must be pleaded. The psalmist is asking
for something he can hope in. We can find ourselves
in the depths for a variety of reasons. When we are
in a place in life where we are crying out to God,
"Lord, have mercy on me," that is a beautiful place
to be. That is the place of humility.
3. Hope heeded: "I wait for the Lord, my soul
waits, and in his word I hope." This is an active
waiting, not passive. It is a working waiting, an
engaging in obedience.
4. Hope is decreed. When you have been the object
of God's saving mercy, you can't be quiet about it.
God's love is steadfast to his people. True
Christian hope directs our hearts not only to the
sovereignty of God in this life, but to the glory of
God in the next.