"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 will wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait 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." Psalm 130.
This Psalm is one of seven penitential Psalms. These Psalms are prayers for mercy to God from the author. The most famous penitential Psalm is of course Psalm 51 in which David cries out to God for forgiveness and mercy after his sordid affair with Bathsheba and subsequent murder of her husband Uriah.
This Psalm is also called a Song of Ascents. Which most likely means it was sung as the Hebrews were making their way up to Jerusalem for one of the three feasts that required this yearly pilgrimage.
"Out of the depths" or De Profundis suggests deep anguish and possible guilt for sins committed. But the author is grateful that the Lord does not hold his sins against him citing that no one would be able to stand. Are we not glad for the forgiveness of our God? Without the mercy of God, none of us have any hope!
This next section is where Keith and Kristyn Getty grab the title for this weeks song. "I will wait for you." While this song begins with a certain degree of sadness and depression, it ends with joyful hope in what the Lord will do. The illustration of the watchmen helps us to a great degree here. It demonstrates the hopefulness that the writer has for God's deliverance and forgiveness. A watchmen could have been twofold. It could mean a shepherd that eagerly anticipated the coming of the son which would make his job significantly easier. It is hard to manage great flocks when you can't see them! However, it could also signify a soldier that would stand on the wall of city all night long to warn of the coming of adversaries. The Psalmist declares that the word of God is his hope and he will wait for the Lord more than that watchmen will long and yearn for the dawn.
As you sing this song, "I will wait for you", declare to our God that your hope is in His word. As we wait for a new pastor, let us not be waiting with anxiousness, but let's wait with joyful hope in the Lord.
Check out the song here.