I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope. (Psalm 130:5, NASB1995)
The past few months have been a roller coaster for my family. We have experienced some wonderful highs and some sobering lows. Celebration and difficulty have alternated throughout the year, and each episode has brought change. But through it all, we have turned to the Word of the Lord, the Bible, for hope. He and His Word have not disappointed us! We have rested in Him, waited for Him, trusted Him, and placed our hope in Him. He has filled us with far more life, providing the peace, joy, perspective, and support that we needed.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. (Psalm 130:6, NASB1995)
Can you think of a time when you have been eager for something to happen? Watchmen stood on guard duty through the night, protecting the city and its inhabitants as they slept. The darkness made it challenging to see potential threats, whether they were wild animals or attacking enemy troops. The morning brought not only safety, but clarity. The arrival of morning indicated they had successfully survived another night. But it also gave them time to assess danger, strengthen defenses, and rest. The darker the night, the more eager watchmen awaited the morning. During our time on earth we are surrounded by spiritual darkness. As we connect with God, our souls long for the “morning”, the time when His Son will return when His spiritual light will shine bright. The Psalmist urges us to long for the return of Jesus Christ with great anticipation, more than the night watchmen felt. Far more life does not revel in the darkness but eagerly awaits the time when God’s glory and purpose will be revealed.
O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption. (Psalm 130: 7, NASB1995)
We hope in the Lord because He is powerful. We hope in the Lord because He is all-knowing. We hope in the Lord because He is never-changing. We hope in the Lord because He is loving and kind. We hope in the Lord because He offers redemption, even abundant redemption. His grace covers all of our sin. He does not hold the cost — the life of His Son — over our heads. Instead, He showers us with far more life. He offers more than we deserve. He provides more than we expect. He is trustworthy and faithful and we praise Him for all these traits!
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities. (Psalm 130:8, NASB1995)
Redemption involves paying a price to gain or regain something. God created us to have a relationship with Him. We chose to sin against Him, but He paid the price to regain that relationship. He redeemed not only the nation of Israel, but people from every tribe, language, people, and nation. The blood of Christ covered all of our sins so He could present us to God as His holy and blameless children. What a privilege! What a joyous moment it will be when we stand before Him! And we will never be separated from Him again! We have a taste of far more life now, but it will get better in Heaven and last for eternity.
We will wait for You, Lord. Our hope is in You. Thank You for redeeming us. Thank You for blessing us with Your goodness. Thank You for far more life!
Are you good or bad at waiting?
Where do you place your hope as you wait?
What makes you eager for Christ to return?
Which of God’s character qualities inspires you to hope in Him?
Thank God for redemption and the gift of far more life!
Copyright 2021, Shari Damaso