1 Out of the deep have I called unto you, O Lord; *
Lord, hear my voice.
2 O let your ears consider well *
the voice of my supplications.
3 If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could abide it?
4 For there is mercy with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my trust.
6 My soul waits for the Lord, *
more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy, *
and with him is plenteous redemption;
8 And he shall redeem Israel *
from all their sins.
The psalmist pictures himself struggling in deep waters. His foot cannot touch the ground. Nothing is safe or secure and he has nothing to grab a hold of. He is surrounded by the deep. The Old Testament uses the metaphor of the deep to describe anything that is in chaos. Genesis tells us that before the world had a form the Spirit of the Lord hovered over the deep. (Gen 1:2) Chaos does not come from the Lord but it is from chaos that the Lord brings His order.
We don’t know what kind of chaos the psalmist was in but we do know his response. He cried out to the Lord. It is in his cry that the Psalmist finds some stability. He has found something solid to hold on to. The distress of the chaos fades knowing that God is listening and He is merciful. (v. 4)
What is left to do after crying out? Wait on the Lord! This is perhaps the most difficult part. The Psalmist knows that he must surrender all hopes of bringing about his own salvation and put his full trust in the coming of God. His very soul waits for the Lord. The sense of longing is profound. He waits for the Lord as one who stays up all night looking at the horizon hoping to see the sun’s first rays. After long hours of cold and dark your whole being is fixated on the coming of that light.
I wonder if you can relate to this psalmist? It is easy to see chaos around us and to feel powerless in our attempts to manage our lives. This is especially true as we sit at home and wait for an unseen virus to attack. We learn from Psalm 130 that the Lord is quick to hear us even in the deep. After crying out to our Lord we place our trust in Him by waiting for His mighty salvation.
This week may we faithfully wait for the Lord to come and save His people!