A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
The psalmist cried for mercy.
When I read these two verses, I felt a strong conviction that it is very important for us to cry for mercy.
Why should we cry for mercy?
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
We all have sinned and we are sinners.
Who could stand before the Lord? Who could serve Him?
But there is forgiveness!
If the LORD forgives us, we can, with reverence, serve Him!
We? Yes. We!
The Lord wants us to not be selfish by praying for ourselves. He wants us to pray for others too. Pray and cry for mercy for there is forgiveness with the Lord, so that we (our family, friends, even the whole nation) with reverence, serve the Lord.
How long should we pray? How many days?
The psalmist wait for the Lord and put his hope in the Lord.
5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than wait for the morning.
There are 5 words of wait. Like it or not, we need to wait. For how long? Until we see God's work through our prayer. Until the people we pray for get their redemption in Christ. Until they stand with reverence to serve the Lord, along with us.
7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
This is our hope, that the Lord Himself is able and willing to redeem His people.
Let us be persevere while we are waiting, crying, and praying to the Lord for mercy and redemption. Let us not be weary but keeping those people around us in our prayers.