Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Psalm 130:1-6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Waiting for Divine Redemption
A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Psalm 130 is one of the Penitential psalms. It is a prayer that begins with a call to God in deep sorrow, from “out of the depths.” In Latin, this Psalm is known as De Profundis and is a regular part of liturgies in the Judeo-Christian tradition. It has been paraphrased in hymns and set to music often. It is an important part of our worship life because it gives voice to the depths of human experience.
This Psalm is one of many that gives voice to our experience and our emotions during this global pandemic. Praying the Psalms is a spiritual exercise that you may want to try during this time. I have found it to be helpful. Here are some Psalms that may be helpful to you when you are in “the depths”: 3, 5, 6, 16, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 61, 62, 63, 69, 91, 102, 116, 121, 131, 139, and 146.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster