God’s Saving Word: Prayer
Psalm 130: Today’s reading, another “Song of Ascent,” is a lament in which the writer waits for the LORD’s help and trusts in the LORD’s constant love.
A Prayer for Help
130 From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord.
2 Hear my cry, O Lord;
listen to my call for help!
3 If you kept a record of our sins,
who could escape being condemned?
4 But you forgive us,
so that we should stand in awe of you.
5 I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help,
and in his word I trust.
6 I wait for the Lord
more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn—
than sentries wait for the dawn.
7 Israel, trust in the Lord,
because his love is constant
and he is always willing to save.
8 He will save his people Israel
from all their sins.
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 130:5
I wait eagerly for the LORD’s help, and in his word I trust.
How would you describe what the writer of this psalm was feeling at the time? What did the writer ask of God? What verses speak of the writer’s trust in God? Have you ever experienced a time of waiting when you called upon God for help? If so, what was the situation and what were your thoughts during that time of waiting?
Lord God, you hear me when I call out to you, and I wait for your help. I trust in your love and mercy, knowing that you forgive my sins and hold me close in the safety of your love and care. Amen.
Psalm 132: A psalm in praise of the Temple.