“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?”
I sit at a bus stop, waiting. I wait expectantly for the bus, it is raining and I have a journey to make. I cannot make it on my own. I wait, full of hope, for the bus to arrive. The schedule promises it, the timetable points to its arrival time …
It’s a clunky metaphor but a helpful one. This ‘Song of Ascents’ is all about a psalmist, looking up and wanting to make a journey they feel incapable of making on their own. Who could make it, Lord, if you kept a record of all our sins? How could I stand before You?
“But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; “
And so the psalmist waits. They wait, and they look for the coming of the Promised One, the One promised in the Word. (Isaiah 9:6-7). Wisely, they call the people to wait and watch for this promised One who will bring the forgiveness, love and redemption the nation needs.
Amazingly, wonderfully, friends, we know that we are ‘justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law’ – that the Saviour that Israel waited for, arrived! And the journey we cannot make has been made by our God, who not only came to us (John 1 :14) but who also journeyed to Calvary and beyond on our behalf.
“my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
So dear friends, this Lent, we wait, as a watchman for the morning, or as a traveller for the arrival of a bus. We wait and we hope in the Word that promised the One who came!
We look expectantly for the rising of the Morning Star in our hearts, as Easter approaches. And we earnestly look forward to His redeeming of the nations, and cry Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).
“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”