Sunday, 22 November 2020
Title: Wait for the Lord
By Abraham Verghese 亚伯拉罕·韦尔盖塞
Psalm 130 is one of seven penitential psalms in the Bible. (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130; 143) These are psalms which express sorrow for sin and ask for God’s forgiveness for sin. Martin Luther said these were his favourite psalms for, in his own words, “They teach us that the forgiveness of sins is granted without the law and without works.” The psalm is a call for help, a cry for forgiveness, and it is all about waiting for the Lord in hope.
Prayerfully read Psalm 130. For context read Psalm 129 which is about persevering through pain.
Psalm 130 is also one of the most encouraging and compelling Psalms regarding our true status before God and the perfect redemption that He alone provides. The Psalmist is calling to God out of the depths. Are we not likely to cry out to God (even though such crying out may not seem “modern”) only when we are laid low than when life is smooth flowing or high? Well, crying out to our God is what we should do because no one else has the power and love to pull us out from the depths. You may get the momentary uplift by having ice cream, cheese cake, buying a new dress, going on a holiday, massage, consuming narcotics, listening to whatever type of music you like or whatever else pleases your eyes, tongue, ears, nose and skin. Yes, momentary uplifts only. Why does God use His power and love to pull us out from the depths? Are we more worthy than others? No, the Psalmist says that if the Lord should mark iniquities who could stand? That’s a love we know little about, love that we do not deserve. Knowing this, the Psalmist waits for the Lord more than the watchman waits for the morning.
Waiting? No one likes to wait, and yet life is full of waiting. Waiting for friends. Waiting on answers to our questions. Waiting at traffic lights. Waiting for the end of your day’s work. Waiting for family members who never seem to be on time. Waiting on medical results. Waiting.
Psalm 130 is a psalm about waiting. As we mentioned earlier, it is one of the psalms of trust, yet it begins as a psalm of trouble. The psalmist is crying out to the Lord from a place of deep pain and distress. Psalm 130 is all about waiting on the Lord. But the focus is not on waiting through the pain. It is about waiting in hope, which is what makes it one of the psalms of trust.
Psalm 130 has a simple yet profound message for us today. Those who wait on the Lord wait in hope. We don’t wait in desperation or despair. Those who wait on the Lord wait in hope. This psalm tells us three things about waiting on the Lord. 1) Cry to the Lord for mercy. 2) Wait for the Lord with hope or expectantly. And 3) Put your hope in the Lord. Let’s look at one of three – Wait for the Lord with hope or expectantly.
Wait for the Lord with hope (5-6)
Let’s consider waiting for the Lord with hope or expectantly – the psalmist has prayed his prayer, he has cried out to the Lord for mercy, and now he waits expectantly for God to answer.
Our hope is in God’s word
Our hope is in God’s word. Look at verse 5: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5) We are not just waiting for help, but we are waiting for the Lord himself, and our hope is based on God’s word.
Don’t base your hope on our feelings or our circumstances, but base our hope fully on the word of God. Trust God’s promises to you in Scripture. When we put our hope in the Lord and in his word, we may wait for the Lord with hope. We should be able to pray like David did in Psalm 5:3 when he wrote: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
When we have been forgiven in Christ, we have a future. We can have confidence that God is there for us and will be there for us. Our hope is in God’s word.
“More than watchmen wait for the morning”
In verse 6: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” It’s the picture of watchmen waiting for the break of day, looking forward to the end of their shift – waiting, expecting and anticipating.
The word “wait” is repeated – poetic emphasis. A night watchman looks forward to the morning. The nights maybe long and sometimes seem longer than other nights – illogical but sometimes that is how we feel when in the depths. Morning will come every time. Verse 6 presents to us both the sense of longing and waiting along with the certainty that the morning will arrive.
Psalm 126: 5 states “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy”.
The psalmist’s hope is in God’s word. His hope is in God’s promise to rescue and deliver him. He is like a watchman waiting through the long stretches of the night for the morning to come. The night is real, the night is dark, and the night is long, but he has no doubt that the morning will come, and so he waits expectantly.
The message of the Gospel to everyone is: Hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption. We should so tremendously thankful to God for the complete redemption He provides, and the daily help to get through the circumstances of life.
Pray today that we shall wait patiently in and with hope in the Lord and experience His steadfast love and plentiful redemption.
诗篇130今天对我们有一个简单而深厚的信息。那些等待主的人以盼望等待。我们不是在绝望之中等待。那些等待主的人充满盼望。这篇诗篇告诉我们关于等待主的三件事。 1）求主施怜悯。 2）带着盼望或期待地等待主。 3）把盼望基于我们的主。让我们看 – 2）带着盼望或期待地等待主。
以盼望等候主（5 – 6 节）
我看细看“以盼望等候主” – 诗人已经祈求上帝施怜悯，他如今期待上帝的回复。