Dear Church family,
In this month of much travel, we are continuing to consider the great traveling songs of the Bible, the Psalms of Ascent (see last week’s e-votional for more about these psalms). This week we have the beautiful and deeply honest song of Psalm 130:
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.”
Some roads are harder to travel than others. We know this is true in literal terms—I cannot help but think of a dark night on a backstreet in Boston while we were on vacation when I was a kid and my dad accidentally angered another driver who proceeded to get out of his car and threaten our family with a tire iron.
Indeed, some roads are more difficult than others. We are also keenly aware that this is also true of the roads in our lives.
This traveling song is for those difficult roads. It is sung to an audience of one. Only eight verses long and it calls upon the Lord by name eight separate times. It is powerful to see that someone else has been in a dark place, the kind of place where the only one who can help is the Lord; the kind of place where the only one you even want to talk to is the Lord.
This traveler hasn’t gotten much satisfaction yet but he does have hope. He has hope because he knows he is talking to the One who matters. He is pounding on the correct door. He is phoning the right number. He is praying to The Lord who can help, the One who is steadfast and powerful.
Because he has the right audience, he can wait. He waits with patience but also with persistence: more than those who watch for the morning (and then repeated), more than those who watch for the morning.
For the darker paths you must walk, there is only one audience member you need. Go to him in prayer, in song, in silence. And wait with diligence, with perseverance. Wait with hope because he is the Lord of steadfast love. And, with him, there is great power to redeem.
Peace of Christ be with you all,