But you know what I've found at the bottom of these depths of woe? I've found Jesus. I guess that’s why the words of the ancient prayer (Psalm 139:8) remind us that even if we "make our bed in the depths," he is still there. God was right there with me in my descent into my inner darkness. His goodness, his unfailing love, and his full redemption (Psalm 130:7-8) even reached to the bottom of the depths of my woe, and beyond. In fact, it is impossible to know the true depths of the unfailing love of God apart from a journey into the depths of woe. For these depths are meant not only to mark us deeply, but also to change us completely. Jesus meets us there and makes us more into the people, and the lovers, he dreamt us to be.
So if you are currently in the depths, like me, don’t fight it but embrace it. God is bigger than your sorrow and your sadness and your pain. God is even bigger than your sin. Trust him; he is doing a great work in you. He wants to show you the depths of your sin, so that he can help you to better understand the enormity and extravagance of his unfailing love, as well as the beauty and power of his full redemption.
“From the depths of woe I raise to Thee the voice of lamentation. Lord, turn a gracious ear to me and hear my supplication. If Thou iniquities dost mark, our secret sins and misdeeds dark, O who shall stand before Thee?
To wash away the crimson stain, grace, grace alone, availeth. Our works, alas! are all in vain; in much the best life faileth. No man can glory in thy sight, all must alike confess thy might, and live alone by mercy.” ~Martin Luther