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Psalm 130-131

My Soul Waits for the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

131:1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.


130 Despite sorrow & suffering, in confidence the Psalmist approaches the thrown of God, assured He listens. Not license to sin, but liberty to love Him is the product of the forgiveness he receives from the Most High. This is "fear of the Lord." As a man on guard, the eyes of the hungry & thirsty soul look to their only satisfaction. What other hope does Israel or anyone have?!

131 Not haughty or arrogant, but in the humble recognition of our smallness & utter dependence upon the Most High is the Psalmist exalted in hope. It is only the small & little that we can handle. There is peace waiting for those who rest & wait on the only One who can truly accomplish anything.