Read Psalm 130
From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord.
2 Hear my cry, O Lord;
listen to my call for help!
3 If you kept a record of our sins,
who could escape being condemned?
4 But you forgive us,
so that we should stand in awe of you.
5 I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help,
and in his word I trust.
6 I wait for the Lord
more eagerly than watchmen wait for the dawn—
than watchmen wait for the dawn.
7 Israel, trust in the Lord,
because his love is constant
and he is always willing to save.
8 He will save his people Israel
from all their sins.
Verses 5 and 6 are verses of expectation. The season of Lent is a season of preparation; preparation for crucifixion and for resurrection. God’s redeeming work. The Psalmist speaks of waiting for the dawn – from the frightening darkness of night; into the dawn of a new day.
Lord, I long for you more than the night watchman waits for the dawn. Give me the confidence I need to hope in you even when I am crying from the depths of despair.