My Soul Waits for the Lord
In Psalm 130, the writer pours out his anguish for his sins against almighty God, along with his urgent request for mercy. “If you, O Lord should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand,” the psalmist says in despair. He points out that we cannot escape God’s judgement on our own merit, but with God, all things are possible. Although he has absolute confidence in his forgiveness, he knows he must wait patiently for it. He gives the example of a watchman waiting for the morning and repeats it for emphasis. Indeed, waiting for the morning after a night watch seems like an eternity. Like any service member, I remember that well from my time in the Navy.
During the season of Lent, we look toward the forgiveness of our sins provided by the Son of God’s sacrifice, as we wait patiently for the Atonement purchased by his shed blood on the cross. Late on that Friday, which we call Good, all seemed lost to the disciples, even though Jesus had told them repeatedly that he would rise triumphantly on the third day. And praise God, the Father did just that – he truly did! What I especially note from the Gospel accounts is that Jesus did his sacrifice without any help from those around him.
Now we are in the season of Lent. After Ash Wednesday, we wait patiently for Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Then, at long last, we celebrate Easter Sunday where we all shout: “He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!”
Finally, John completes Revelation with these words: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon,’ Amen. Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”