Wait for God
The psalmist then wrote about one of the most difficult things we have to do—wait on the Lord. “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5–6). The psalmist testified that he was patiently waiting for the Lord and hoping in the promises of His Word—the promises of forgiveness and redemption for His people. He compared his wait to that of one of the city’s watchmen looking for the first rays of the sunrise, a time when he would be relieved of his duties by another guard and when darkness would become light. It reminds me of the words of the famous hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” taken from Lamentations 3:22–23, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Trust in God
Finally, the psalm closes with encouragement to trust in the Lord: “O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities” (Psalm 130:7–8). For the psalmist, hope and redemption are connected. Even now, some Jews recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as the hope of Israel and as the one who brings redemption to this world (Isaiah 53). Because of that hope, we can call to Him out of the depths of our affliction, even in the midst of this pandemic. We can find ultimate encouragement in the fact that God has forgiven all our sins—past, present, and future—when we seek that forgiveness in the Messiah who was “bruised for our transgressions” (Isaiah 53). We can look to the future fulfillment of this psalm when the people of Israel will one day again go up to Jerusalem—perhaps while reciting Psalm 130—to greet Yeshua upon His return, welcome Him as their redeemer, and recognize Him as king of kings and Lord of Lords.