I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.
Today’s Scripture: Psalm 130:1-5
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 Holy Days and is one of the psalms that has traditionally been recited in times of communal distress or crisis.
This psalm, known by the title De Profundis, which means “out of the depths,” comes from the first two words of the Latin translation of the psalm. It has frequently been set to music and has sometimes been used for funeral services.
Sometimes 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.
“Out of the Depths I Cry to You”
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
make, Lord, your ears attentive to my call.
Sorrow and fear overwhelm and engulf me:
Lord, in your mercy, hear my cry.
Should you, O Lord, keep watch for every wrong,
who then, O Lord, could raise their head in song?
Yet in your grace is forgiveness and freedom;
help me revere and fear your name.
Wait for the Lord, wait patiently, my soul;
wait for the Lord, though tower and temple fall;
more than the dawn-watchers watch for the dawning,
wait through the bleakest, darkest hours.
May we, your people, joined in one accord,
out from the depths renew our hope, O Lord.
May we in you find redemption and mercy:
Lord, hear our cry, our deepest song.
Thank you for sharing this moment of your day with me, with God, and with these reflections on a portion of scripture. I hope you will carry these with you throughout your day and night.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster