WAITING FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THE LORD—A Psalm of David
OUR PERSONAL REFLECTION: David cries out to the Lord in lonely despair for protection from his enemies. He fervently prays for the Lord to answer him. David tells us to have hope in the Lord and to stand on His promises for forgiveness and mercy that the Lord will give. By maintaining our hope, we will find strength and endurance to wait for God’s timing. We must keep our eyes on the hope that is found in His Word, and the promises of redemption. David awaits the Lord more attentively than those who are in the darkness of night await the morning light. The Lord is our refuge in times of trouble. He is the Light we seek. When faith in the Lord is maintained, iniquities will be forgiven and we will be redeemed by Him.
[BIBLE READING: PSALM 130] Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3 If You, Lord, should [a]mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning— Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption. 8 And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
In v. 1-2 David cries out to the Lord in despair, praying that he be heard by the Lord
In v. 3-4 David acknowledges that sin is not only in him but is the case for all men. But David stands on the forgiveness that God gives to all who fear and have reverence for Him.
In v. 5-6 David maintains his hope is in the Lord. This hope is the source of strength that maintains him as he awaits the answer of the Lord. Just as there are those await the morning light to relieve the darkness of night, David has great anticipation and is more attentive and watchful for the Lord who will relieve his distress.
In v. 7-8 David speaks to the redemption that will come from the Lord to Israel. He tells us that it is hope that will strengthen and keep the endurance that is needed in waiting. David speaks to the mercy that will be found in the Lord who will redeem Israel and us from our iniquities.
This daily Equip Devotional has been provided by Rev. Marie Parma as we take time this Holy season in anticipation of the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
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