Psalm 130

Psalm 130

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My Soul Waits for the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

130   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.


Psalm 130 Commentary

by Hank Workman

There are many things that cause us to despair.  From sorrow to confusion to pain we can all get to a place where nothing seemingly is good.  Our minds change as we look at a situation and wonder if it will ever change.  We question where God’s presence is and why He has not moved or acted.  We see injustice and persecution across the spectrum where the righteous seemingly have fallen and the wicked have stood tall.  All of these things can cause us to question where our God is and why He has not done anything.

The results of such brings us to the feeling of isolation.  We feel alone, which only causes the walls of such discouragement to close in around.  Many times as situations have not gone as expected or even caused by some sudden event we feel distant from our God.

Yet, in these things, this is where we need Him the most! For as self-pity begins to seep in, we alienate ourselves from others and push ourselves further away in the waves of sadness.  By our own actions, we set ourselves apart from the One who can bring relief even if the situation doesn’t change.

Here is what the psalmist turns.  He is at the height of discouragement.  Yet, he chooses to turn not to an answer to the issue he is facing but to the very Word of God.  As his soul waits for redemption and answers, He knows God’s Word will be the only thing to bring hope.

The Word of God is inspired by Him (2 Timothy 3:16).  It is living and active – like a sword able to divide all things, revealing truth and the intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).  The very Word of God is what Jesus said that we would not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).  In the armor of God, it is a weapon and what we fight with as the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).  God’s Word does not return to him empty but fulfills the very purpose of which it is for (Isaiah 55:11).  It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105).

Paul encouraged the Colossians to let the Word of God dwell richly in them (Colossians 3:16).  There is a reason for this.  God’s Word is where we must turn again and again – for in it we find the hope we need of God’s sovereignty.  We find the truth of His promises given.  We find the trust of all the goodness of God made available to us.

If discouragement or despair is plaguing you, turn to His Word.  Pick up your sword daily and believe He will keep His promises and will in His time do as is according to His will in the situation.

Psalm 130 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Psalm 130 is known as a Pauline psalm because it speaks to the grace and mercy of God. This was a theme Paul wrote on extensively.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  24  They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:23-24 HCSB

In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace.  6  Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.

Romans 11:5-6 HCSB

But by God’s grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God’s grace that was with me.

1 Corinthians 15:10 HCSB

It’s interesting to consider that these OT writings would contain the fullness of grace and mercy that was yet to come in Jesus Christ. With the law of Moses drilled into their minds, the readers of this psalm may have wondered what it means to wait on the Lord and receive full redemption of their sins.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD. For there is faithful love with the LORD, and with Him is redemption in abundance.  8  And He will redeem Israel from all its sins.

Psalms 130:7-8 HCSB

Israel put their hope in the Lord. Jesus both claimed to be God and demonstrated God’s power in the flesh. He is the fulfillment of this command to wait and trust that their sins will be redeemed.

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