Psalm 130

My soul longs for the LORD.



This is one of the eight “penitential” Psalms:

Psalm 6

Psalm 32

Psalm 38

Psalm 51

Psalm 102

Psalm 130

Psalm 143



A Song of Ascents.

NOTE: The term “A Song of Ascents” identifies psalms 120 to 134 as pilgrim songs to be sung when the Israelites “ascended” (went up) to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.


VERSE 1. Out of the depths I have cried to you, LORD.

Out of the depths. Sometimes we call out to God from a place of despair.


VERSE 2. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my petitions.


VERSE 3. If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

kept a record of sins. To sin is to violate God’s will for us. It harms our relationship with God. We all have missed the mark and sinned. Here are the verses we’ve found »


VERSE 4. But there is forgiveness with you, therefore you are feared.

there is forgiveness with you. The author sees God as rich in love and forgiveness.


VERSE 5. I wait for the LORD. My soul waits. I hope in his word.


VERSE 6. My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long for the morning; more than watchmen for the morning.

My soul longs for the Lord. Sometimes our prayer-relationship with God consists of longing. We can pray by longing for God.


VERSE 7. Israel, hope in the LORD, for with the LORD there is loving kindness. With him is abundant redemption.

with the LORD there is loving kindness.The author sees God as rich in loving kindness.


VERSE 8. He will redeem Israel from all their sins.

from all their sins. God’s redemption of us is total. We can trust God’s loving kindness to redeem us fully.


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