PPP: Psalm 130

(Apologies for the lateness of this reflection, brothers and sisters. Please find the reflection after the jump as usual.)
1A song of ascents.


Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;
2Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3If you, LORD, keep account of sins,
Lord, who can stand?
4But with you is forgiveness
and so you are revered.


5I wait for the LORD,
my soul waits
and I hope for his word.
6My soul looks for the Lord
more than sentinels for daybreak.
More than sentinels for daybreak,
7let Israel hope in the LORD,
For with the LORD is mercy,
with him is plenteous redemption,
8And he will redeem Israel
from all its sins.
Psalm 130 is known as the "De Profundis", i.e. "Out of the Depths". Short and bittersweet, the Psalmist cries out from the depths of his sorrow and dejection. This is a prayer that begins in sadness and misery, acknowledging plainly the sin of the one who prays it: "If you, LORD, keep account of sins, Lord,  who can stand?"
Yet however deep in pain and sorrow, the Psalmist may be, he throws himself on the Lord's mercy. He acknowledges that even now, his soul hopes in the Lord. Even now, his soul seeks God, "more than sentinels for daybreak". And so though the front of the Psalm may be bitter, yet it ends with the sweetness of God's mercy.
As you pray this Psalm, out of the depths of our hearts, brothers and sisters, may God bless you richly with his mercy and forgiveness.