by Sandy Kerr, West District Associate Lay Leader
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I was for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
This Psalm is one of hope. It starts out as a cry for help in the depths of despair asking God to hear supplications, only to end on a note of hope while waiting for the Lord. How many of us have been in that deep dark place? We cry out for help, for an ear to hear our pleas for mercy. God is waiting to hear from us, he is waiting to grant grace and mercy. As we watch for the morning, we have hope. The hope of the steadfast love of God and his power to redeem us from our depths of darkness. The psalmist waits in hope inviting all who cry out from the depths to wait for the morning.