Prayer is talking with God. When we pray, we are confiding our deepest need, hurts, and frustrations. Also, our adoration, praise, and thanksgiving to God.
Psalm 130 reveals the Psalmist’s tremendous confidence in God. He pours out his heart, knowing God hears and will answer his prayer.
“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”
The Psalmist prays and asks God to hear his prayer. He acknowledges his iniquities (sins). He knows God forgives sin, is merciful, and will redeem Israel. He is willing to wait for the Lord and hope in His word. He believes God can do these things.
Do we believe God can do these things? Is the God we worship merciful, forgiving, and willing to redeem us? Are we waiting on the Lord and hoping in His word?
This Psalm is a challenge and encouragement to each of us. We then, should be sharing God’s mercy, forgiveness, and redemption with others. We should encourage others to read God’s word, study it, and apply it to their lives.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001