Reading: Psalm 130
Verse 5: I wait for the Lord, my souls waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Today’s Psalm is a great prayer. It is a wonderful prayer because it lays out the mercy and love God has for us. Within this we find forgiveness and hope – two of the greatest gifts that God gives to us. Upon these elements we build our relationship with God.
In the opening verses, the psalmist cries out from the depths. He pleads for God to hear and be attentive to his prayers. What depths do you need God to pull you up out of? Go to God in prayer.
Verses three and four turn to the depths of God’s forgiveness. The psalmist realizes where we would all stand if God kept track of our sins. If we could only earn forgiveness or could only be acceptable to God based on our own efforts, we would utterly fail. Lift up to God your thanks for His great mercy.
The next verse, verse five, is almost a response to the opening verses: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope”. We too wait with hope, a hope built upon the truths we find in scripture. What truths found in the Word of God do you cling to? His promise never to forsake you? His promise to give us what we need for the moment at hand? His promise to dwell in us? Another promise? As we wait, we wait in the truths and promises of God. Lift up your thanks for the truths that anchor your soul.
The closing two verses draw back to verses three and four. We are reminded again of God’s unfailing love and full redemption. It is a love that always forgives and always welcomes us back into a right relationship with God. It is a redemption fully paid for by Jesus Christ’s blood on the cross. Like the psalmist, the love and forgiveness are our hope as well. Spend a few moments in praise and adoration for God’s great love and forgiveness. May it be well with your soul.