Psalm 130:1-6, Expect
By Ned Lore
Does it perhaps seem a little unusual to you for a Psalm that begins “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD” to be included in a collection of Advent meditations? It did to me. After all, isn’t Advent the time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth? And then, to continue the confusion, the psalmist pleads for God to listen to him as he admits his sins. This doesn’t sound like the usual pre-Christmas festivity at all.
However, his tone shifts as we hear him say, “But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered,” and we then learn the reason for his joyful expectation: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” So, no matter how deep our despair, no matter how hopeless our situation may seem, in God’s love and forgiveness there is hope, and nowhere is that love and forgiveness more clearly shown than in the incarnation of His son.
I suspect we all can remember times when our “soul waited for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,” when life just seemed to have piled up on us and become overwhelming. Perhaps this Advent season is one of them. What a joy and blessing it is to know that our hope of redemption is fulfilled by the birth of a messiah. What fun we can have joyously and expectantly awaiting the commemoration of his birth. What a reason to celebrate indeed!