Psalms 130 is one of the truly great Psalms, speaking of God’s help, forgiveness, hope, love, redemption and salvation. The Psalmist begins the prayer with a heartfelt cry “from the depths,” awaiting God’s answer “more than watchmen wait for the morning.” But the prayer affirms God’s unfailing love.
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
Sometimes, I confess, I despair.
Sometimes, it seems as though my troubles overwhelm me,
And I cannot see my way through.
I am so very aware of my many faults, many shortcomings, many failings.
And so sometimes I wonder if you hear my prayers.
Remind me, Father, of your grace, your forgiveness, your mercy, your love.
Help me to see that I can be of service to you and to others,
Providing help even in the midst of my own need.
And so I pray, and I await your answer,
Knowing that your love never ceases,
And that your mercies are new every morning.