So I know this post is different from what I normally post, but I recently discovered an awesome blog about reading the Bible specifically targeted at women: #SheReadsTruth. This week they challenged us to write and share a blog post about a Psalm 130 to get a lot of different perspectives on one passage. I might even start doing a #FaithFriday post every week, we’ll see!
Psalm 130 (NIV)1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
2 O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His word I put my hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with Him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
I really can’t explain how much of a blessing/sign it was that the blog post they were requesting was about this particular verse. Lent is a period of mourning, waiting, and renewal, and while I’m not Catholic, I am definitely in a place in my life that encompasses all 3 of these stages.
Waiting is something I’ve always struggled with, whether its waiting for my food to be ready, waiting at a red light, or waiting on someone else, it is not something I enjoy. Our society as a whole despises waiting as well, and is deteriorating in physical and relational health because of it. What everyone neglects to realize is sometimes it’s worth the wait. “My soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.” This line is so great for so many reasons. We’ve all heard the line, “Good things come to those who wait,” and while we hate to admit it, isn’t it always true? Yes, waiting for God can be difficult, but He gave us the amazing tool of His word! I feel like a hypocrite writing this because I haven’t always been one to turn to the Bible when I’m in need of guidance, but it’s never too late to start. Besides, forgiveness is what we are waiting for anyway, and God understands that we can all be really stupid sometimes. He embraces us in our human stupidity and forgives us when we put our faith in Him. He doesn’t keep a record of wrongs— “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?” I don’t think the Bible gets any more comforting than a verse like this. So as we wait, as we cry out for mercy, take comfort in the fact that God isn’t tallying your sins to three strikes you’re out, you are always in.
In God’s heart. In His sight. In His image.