Waiting on God
Psalms 130:1-8
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in his word I hope.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2012-04-11 07:06:57
2012-04-11 08:36:25
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in his word I hope.” — (Psalm 130:5) I was deeply moved by these words this morning. Some observations herein: The psalmist is not waiting in passivity or inactivity. Quite the contrary. He is crying out to God. (v1) He is wrestling in prayer. His cries are aimed at getting God’s attention. He will not let go of God’s robe. He is attempting to fill heaven with his importunate pleas for mercy (v2). He is not waiting in mere prayerless silence. His hope for deliverance is based on who God really is. He knows that the LORD is “…merciful and gracious…” and “…forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” (Exodus 34:6-7) The basis of his hope of deliverance is on who God really is, as he had revealed Himself through Moses , not based on vague philosophical ideas of God’s goodness and benevolence. Therefore, he banks his hope on God’s word. For me, verse 5 really jumped out as the central theme of this psalm. The psalmist confesses that he is hoping on God’s word. His hope is not wishy-washy . He is not saying, “Oh, I really hope God comes through for me. May be He will. May be He won’t. I wonder what His will is.” His hope is not vague and uncertain. NO! He is banking on the great and glorious promises of God. That is why his hope is unshakeable. Though the floods of tribulation threaten to sweep him away, He has found a solid rock to stand on. He has been shaken badly, but He will not be moved. That is because he is hoping on God’s precious promises, in His word. His basis of hope is not on what he deserves. This is important to observe. Why else would he write verse 3, and talk about the fact that no-one can escape the holy judgment of God? Everyone is guilty! He is in essence saying, “LORD, I am a sinner, and I don’t deserve any good. If you were to deliver me based on what I deserve, I would have no hope. In fact, I would be crushed under the weight of my sin, and your just judgment.” But he looks away from himself, and looks to God (through the windows of His Word), and sees a God who forgives. So, the psalmist has hope, based on who God is, in spite of who he is. Lastly, he simply does not give up. Oh what an example he is of a man of faith-filled prayer! The watchmen were weary, sleepy and tired but they did not relent, since they knew morning was coming! The psalmist says he is waiting with more earnestness than these watchmen! He knows deliverance is coming! It is on its way! So, he is waiting for it with hope! He is waiting for it with faith! Amazingly, knowing that deliverance is coming does not make him inactive or careless or passive. Most of us might be tempted to think “Well, if I am so sure that God is on His way, I don’t need to pray anymore! Because it is going to happen anyway.” But not this psalmist! His solid faith in God’s deliverance causes Him to wait all the more with patience, drives Him to his knees even more and causes Him to pray all the more earnestly that God would come! He even entreats his people to join Him in this hope! This is amazing!
10000000112074 112074 Notes 2012-04-11 07:06:57 2012-04-11 08:36:25 “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in his word I hope.” — (Psalm 130:5) I was deeply moved by these words this morning. Some observations herein: The psalmist is not waiting in passivity or inactivity. Quite the contrary. He is crying out to God. (v1) He is wrestling in prayer. His cries are aimed at getting God’s attention. He will not let go of God’s robe. He is attempting to fill heaven with his importunate pleas for mercy (v2). He is not waiting in mere prayerless silence. His hope for deliverance is based on who God really is. He knows that the LORD is “…merciful and gracious…” and “…forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” (Exodus 34:6-7) The basis of his hope of deliverance is on who God really is, as he had revealed Himself through Moses , not based on vague philosophical ideas of God’s goodness and benevolence. Therefore, he banks his hope on God’s word. For me, verse 5 really jumped out as the central theme of this psalm. The psalmist confesses that he is hoping on God’s word. His hope is not wishy-washy . He is not saying, “Oh, I really hope God comes through for me. May be He will. May be He won’t. I wonder what His will is.” His hope is not vague and uncertain. NO! He is banking on the great and glorious promises of God. That is why his hope is unshakeable. Though the floods of tribulation threaten to sweep him away, He has found a solid rock to stand on. He has been shaken badly, but He will not be moved. That is because he is hoping on God’s precious promises, in His word. His basis of hope is not on what he deserves. This is important to observe. Why else would he write verse 3, and talk about the fact that no-one can escape the holy judgment of God? Everyone is guilty! He is in essence saying, “LORD, I am a sinner, and I don’t deserve any good. If you were to deliver me based on what I deserve, I would have no hope. In fact, I would be crushed under the weight of my sin, and your just judgment.” But he looks away from himself, and looks to God (through the windows of His Word), and sees a God who forgives. So, the psalmist has hope, based on who God is, in spite of who he is. Lastly, he simply does not give up. Oh what an example he is of a man of faith-filled prayer! The watchmen were weary, sleepy and tired but they did not relent, since they knew morning was coming! The psalmist says he is waiting with more earnestness than these watchmen! He knows deliverance is coming! It is on its way! So, he is waiting for it with hope! He is waiting for it with faith! Amazingly, knowing that deliverance is coming does not make him inactive or careless or passive. Most of us might be tempted to think “Well, if I am so sure that God is on His way, I don’t need to pray anymore! Because it is going to happen anyway.” But not this psalmist! His solid faith in God’s deliverance causes Him to wait all the more with patience, drives Him to his knees even more and causes Him to pray all the more earnestly that God would come! He even entreats his people to join Him in this hope! This is amazing! notes
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Psalms 130:1-8
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A Song of Ascents.
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!
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If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord,
who could stand?
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But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
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I wait for the LORD,
my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
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my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
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.
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10000000112074 112074 Arc 2012-04-11 07:06:57 2012-04-11 08:36:25 editing Psalms 130 1 130 8 Psalms 130:1-8 19 OT esv mine i762475 i762459 A Song of Ascents. i762476 i762460 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! i762477 i762461 O Lord, hear my voice! i762462 Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! ideaexplanation 1 i762478 i762479 i762463 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, i762464 who could stand? conditional 2 i762480 i762465 But with you there is forgiveness, i762466 that you may be feared. actionpurpose 2 concessive 2 i762481 i762482 i762483 i762467 I wait for the LORD, i762468 my soul waits, ideaexplanation 1 i762469 and in his word I hope; actionmanner 1 i762470 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. ideaexplanation 1 i762484 i762471 O Israel, hope in the LORD! i762485 i762472 For with the LORD there is steadfast love, i762473 and with him is plentiful redemption. i762474 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. ground 1 progression ideaexplanation 1 1 1 1 esv 25 mine 25 a 50 discourse
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