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Psalm 130 - Hope In The Lord

Andy Yung

Psalm 130:1-8 ESV

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!

O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption.

And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Vs. 1

Have you ever sunk deep into the water and tried to call for help? How about being pummelled down by the waves of the ocean as you struggle for air? Whether literally or figuratively, these times of desperation make us wonder if we can survive the turmoil.

Another similar psalm gives a better elaboration of how the Psalmist felt about his sins; “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.” (Psalm 69:1-2 NIV)

The Psalmist was describing how he cried but no one came. He reckoned that only God could hear his inner voice. Do we feel the same way about our sins? Shamefully, we don’t normally feel that way, and it isn’t because are in a much better spiritual state. We need to recognise how easily we can fall into sins as Satan is always waiting for the right opportunity to tempt us. It is so easy for me to fall. If the Psalmist could feel that way, I don’t think we are different in anyway. How do we look at sins, and how much do we want to be saved? I have to reflect on the way I view sins and repent of them.

Vs. 2-3

The Psalmist called on God to “be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy”. We’ve all tried getting the attention of someone who isn’t listening by making extra efforts to articulate our message. In the same way, the Psalmist urged God to hear his pleas for mercy. How has it been with us in our pleas to God? As a father, I would want my three daughters to come to me whenever they have any problem. Likewise, God wants to hear directly from us because God is our Abba. Abba wants to hear from us.

Vs. 4-8

The Psalm’s main theme was specifically to wait for the Lord and to hope in His word.

The Psalmist believes that with God, “there is forgiveness”. It was insightful of the Psalmist, as the Spirit moved him, to place his iniquities and God’s forgiveness together as he saw how they work together. He recognised that he would not be able to wait till he has overcome all his sins before he approaches God, as that would have been impossible. Still, he waited for the Lord, as he put his hope in God’s word.

Today, we are more fortunate than the Psalmist because Jesus came before us. The Psalmist had to wait for a Messiah to come one day to bring “plentiful redemption”. And he waited based on his trust in God’s word and confidence that “with the Lord, there is steadfast love”. We know that the Messiah has already come and died for us.

Jesus had come and redeemed us from our sins. Our wait is over for he has found us, but our gratitude for God’s mercy remains. Our hope is in the Lord.

Andy Yung

Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.

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