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 130:1-5 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;
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
In Judaism Psalm 130 is recited as part of the liturgy for the High Holidays and is one of the psalms that have traditionally been recited in times of communal distress or crisis. This psalm has been frequently set to music and has sometimes been used for funeral services. The psalm is known by the title De Profundis, which means “out of the depths,” and comes from the first two words of the Latin translation of the psalm.
Sometime we find ourselves in the depths—in the depths of despair, in the depths of fear, and in the depths of guilt, just to name a few. It is in those times that we cry out to God and in those times that we embrace the forgiveness of God and we wait with hope for that assurance that we are never alone—even in the deepest depths of human experience.
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