1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
This is one of seven “penitential” psalms, where the writer humbly realizes his predicament —usually the result of sin. Sin is like a big divide/gap separating mankind and God. That’s why God sent His only son Jesus to re-connect/recover the relationship between God and His people (created by Him).
Unfortunately, we keep failing and sin against the Lord. If the Lord keeps a record of sins, no one can stand before Him. Thanks be to God, He forgives us. When He forgives, He forgives completely and holds nothing against us. So, we can come to His throne and put our hope in Him.
I like this psalm, not just because it was written while the writer was in the depths of despair/sorrow (like me), but it also leads me to confession and crying to God. So, I can put my hope in Him and wait for the Lord, more than the watchmen wait for the morning, for His unfailing love.
Dear Lord, thank you for your unfailing love. You redeem my sins and forgive me completely. You are my shelter and my rock. I put all my trust in You. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu