Read. Reflect. Respond. (and Share) Psalm 130

Read

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

2 Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my supplications!


3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,

Lord, who could stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with you,

so that you may be revered.


5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope;

6 my soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the morning,

more than those who watch for the morning.


7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love,

and with him is great power to redeem.

8 It is he who will redeem Israel

from all its iniquities.


Reflect

1. What does this say about who God is?

2. What does this say about who we are?

3. What does this say about how we are to engage with the world?


Respond

Please share your reflections in the comments section below. (Kendal has offered a response of her own which you can use as a guide or offer your own.)


Kendal's Response

If you are like me, your sins may be keeping you up at night; worried about something you have done or wishing you would have not done.


My own failure to fight for racial justice, to act from a place of power for those unable, and to live more full of the love of God and love of neighbor, no matter the way they look or where they come from, are the sins I must confess. I fail to follow Jesus as instructed; I must pray for the forgiveness of my sins.


Psalm 130 tells us that God does not keep score of all my failings; with God, there is always forgiveness. God has not given up on me or anyone. Despite our failings and shortcomings, we can find hope in a God that offers unending love and forgiveness.


So, I pray to God and, knowing God’s love and generous redemption, I strive to serve and love better today than yesterday with compassion and kindness for all of God's beloved children.



Art: "I Wait for the Lord; Psalm 130" by Deborah Nell

Art: "Psalm 130: With You There is Forgiveness" by Melani Pyke.

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