by Norma Koehne
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For with the Lord there is unfailing love, and with him is full redemption (Psalm 130:7).
I hate waiting! My family can tell you that if a meeting starts late, or I have to wait to be picked up or meet someone, I can get pretty grumpy.
In our reading today, the psalmist is waiting, but waiting eagerly and with anticipation, because he is waiting for the Lord. The image of the watchmen, walking around, talking, trying hard to stay awake, and then their joy at seeing the first glimmer of dawn gives a good picture of this eager waiting.
Why is the psalmist waiting so eagerly? After all, he says, ‘Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord’. We can only imagine the despair and anxiety of these depths. But he trusts in the Lord, and he is certain that the Lord will listen to his voice. Although he acknowledges his sinfulness, he believes God will forgive. God’s essence is one of unfailing love and full redemption. God does not say, ‘I’ll let you wait a while until you grow in faith and love because you are not perfect yet’. No, God forgives and loves his repentant sinners.
I pray that you can have such trust in God’s mercy and grace. He may not take away your problems, even your depths of despair, but he will be with you through all of them, walking with you, listening to your cries for help, and showering you with his love. Finally, we eagerly await our journey through death to eternal life with our gracious God.
Lord, give me an eagerly waiting heart, one that trusts in you through the problems of life, and help me to eagerly await finally going to my heavenly home. Amen.