Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; 2 O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Verse 7 says we can put our hope in Him for His love is unfailing and He is the source of our redemption. Hope is a feeling of trust. We can place our confidence in Him. He has provided redemption through Jesus Christ who through His sacrifice wiped away all our sins. This redemption is complete and effective from the time you believe, trust and hope in Christ.
Redeem is to ransom or buy back. The Lord’s salvation is comprehensive. Jesus said in Luke 4 that He came to set the captive free. That is not only when we get to heaven but is for now too. If we find our life circumstances like a prison, He will set us free. Many of us have experienced that immediately upon salvation. Other times though we have to go to the Lord and ask for release and freedom.
One of the things in the western world that we don’t understand or handle very well is waiting. Our technology has created an expectation that everything will be instant and now. Even this morning I wanted to microwave some porridge but found the directions required 7 minutes. I thought I could do this as quickly in a pot on the hob (stove). What happened to speedy microwaving?
Our psalm says my soul waits in verse 5. Wait is to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. I have worked the midnight to 8 shifts and understand that feeling a watchman experiences waiting for the sun to rise. It is such a relief. But it never seems to come fast enough. So it is with the Lord. His timing definitely is not the same as our timing.
Look at Saul when he was waiting for Samuel to arrive to offer the sacrifice to the Lord before they went to battle. Samuel had not arrived at the appointed time. Members of his army left weakening his resources. So he offered the sacrifice and lost the kingdom as a result. (1 Samuel 13)
The disciples were unable to wait for fear they would drown in the storm while Jesus was asleep in the boat. Jesus said to His disciples after the storm calmed, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Like the disciples or Saul can we wait for His timing, as it is perfect?
Prayer: “Father, I will wait for you despite what I see. Your redemption is perfect and You love me. I trust and hope in you. Amen.”