The Bible – Old Testament
1 A song of ascents. 2 Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;
Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, LORD, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand?
3 But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.
I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word.
My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak,
let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is full redemption,
And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.
1 [Psalm 130] This lament, a Penitential Psalm, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed. In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God (⇒ Psalm 130:1-2), asking for mercy (⇒ Psalm 130:3-4). The psalmist’s trust (⇒ Psalm 130:5-6) becomes a model for the people (⇒ Psalm 130:7-8).
2  The depths: Sheol here is a metaphor of total misery. Deep anguish makes the psalmist feel “like those descending to the pit” (⇒ Psalm 143:7).
3  And so you are revered: the experience of God’s mercy leads one to a greater sense of God.