I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
The Psalms are about people reaching out to God, people waiting and watching for the arrival of the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). With our spiritual lives on the lines we confess and cling to God who waits for our return. In the quietness of such reaching moments, we prayerfully wait for God’s generous, redeeming love to deliver our souls from whatever sin has captured our hearts.
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
In our reaching and our returning, may you and I rest and receive strength in watching and waiting with hope.