Out of the depths I cry to You, O Yahweh! O Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If You, O Yahweh, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness, that You may be feared.
I wait for Yahweh, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen in the morning, more than watchmen in the morning.
O Israel, hope in Yahweh! For with Yahweh there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption.
And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
This is a great penitential psalm. As the psalter cries out to God, he trusts in God’s mercy to forgive. His soul waits for God’s mercy since God’s Word is the basis for this hope, for it is in God’s Word where the soul finds God’s promise to forgive. He waits “more than watchmen for the morning.” A watchman in the military would stand watch in a tower at night, eager for morning to arrive. The psalter is not only more eager than such a watchman, but he is also strongly implying God’s arrival is more certain than the morning, speaking volumes to the psalter’s faith.
Thus, he beckons all Israel to hope in Yahweh since in Him alone they will find His chesed—His steadfast love, mercy, favour, covenant faithfulness. It is true that God destroys sin; the psalter knows this very well, otherwise he would not call out to God. He calls out to the One who destroys all sin and evil because he knows it is this same One who alone offers redemption.
O, how arduous it is to wait for the Lord! As much as we poke fun at the Israelites for their reiterate impatience, their impatience mirrors our own. Eventually, though, Israel waited for God’s promise, and He delivered. “‘This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’ …And Yahweh our God gave [Sihon] over to us, and we defeated him and his sons and all his people… Yahweh our God gave all into our hands” (Deuteronomy 2:25, 33, 36).
The people of Israel ultimately had to wait for their complete redemption at the coming of Christ; and indeed, many of the Jews missed their Messiah. Hence why today’s Judaism is a failed religion since they have utterly missed the Messiah. Christ has come and has brought salvation—justification by faith—to all who would believe, and like the Israelites of the Old Testament we also wait for the Lord. We wait for His second coming.
Except at this coming, He cannot be missed, for His coming is going to be a globally public event. Every eye shall see the Lord, and only we His saints shall rise into eternal life. We wait more than watchmen for the morning, for Christ’s second coming is more certain than the coming of the morning.
Featured image of Watchtower at the Grand Canyon from LDS Media Library.