Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
Reflect and Pray:
This is a psalm of ascent which means it was recited by pilgrims who were going up to Jerusalem or going to worship in the Temple. It begins as a personal reflection on where the individual has been and then moves to God’s activity changing the person’s life. Then, it moves to the same set of reflections on God’s activity in the life of Israel.
The culmination of the psalm is the steadfast love of God and the redemption of Israel. By redemption, we mean the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. Today, I invite you to think about the reality of God’s steadfast love for you and that nothing you have said, done, or will say or do can separate you from the steadfast love of God.