1Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
How good are we at waiting? Do we get impatient when waiting for even trivial things like that latest Amazon delivery to arrive? What about holidays (mine starts tomorrow, so no Daily Posts for a week, I'm afraid)?
Our psalmist waits. He waits for the LORD. He waits with an 'impatient' hope. Military folk will well understand the watchmen waiting reference. We recall the pre-dawn 'stand to.' Enemies come at dawn. Now, I'm particularly impatient when it comes to waiting for God to do something. And then often find that God has already provided me with wherewithal to get on with the task. What about you?
And, I've said nothing about the grace and forgiveness in the psalm...
Lord Jesus, please help me to wait; to use the waiting to prepare. May our waiting prove fruitful. Amen.