The psalm opens with a cry for help from the depths. You can hear the desperation in their voice as they plead to God, “Listen to my voice…open your ears…mercy…mercy…mercy!” The crises, trouble, or suffering of the psalmist is lived, an unavoidable part of the human experience. It is expressed in prayer openly and passionately to God. How do you pray to God? How have you experienced God in times of suffering?