“Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If you should mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? For with you there is forgiveness.” (Ps 129: 1-3, Septuagint)
These verses are from a Psalm prayed every evening, wherever the daily service of Byzantine Vespers happens to be celebrated. So, whatever “spiritual baggage” I may have accumulated throughout any given day, I’m invited, by our great Tradition, to “cry out of the depths” at the end of it. However far I may have drifted from a God-centered focus, I can join the ancient “cry” of the psalmist, as many people have throughout the ages, who similarly found themselves in “the depths” by evening-time.
Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of daily Vespers, nor do I. But I can take pause in my evening, for at least a few nurturing verses of an evening-psalm, which cries out to the Lord in such a human way. Let me embrace these words at my weakest moment, in the evening, when prayerful words fail me: “If you should mark iniquities, O Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? For with you there is forgiveness.”