Notes on Psalm 130:6

[All Notes on Psalm 130]

My soul waits…

The psalmist repeats the same words, giving triple emphasis to his longing to see God bring redemption to his people through the advent of His Word. This attitude of expectation should mark all who profess the name of Christ in all sincerity, but we are often entangled in the affairs of this world, seeking achievements, more concerned about our temporal security than we are with knowing our blessed Lord God. Our brother, the apostle to the Hebrews, tells us that Christ is returning for those who are eagerly waiting for Him. This is not a condition of His coming to save them, it is indicative of the type of the trait that marks God’s redeemed people: They are eagerly awaiting His return for them. We often fail at this, but even our failures are an occasion for eagerly expecting Him as we see that He is our loving Shepherd, compassionate Elder Brother, and Benevolent King. We often fail to love Him as we should, to serve Him in the newness of Spirit, weighed down as we are by the remaining corruption within us, but He will never leave us nor forsake us. Therefore, we wait in eager expectation more than the watchmen for the morning.

Why does the psalmist speak of the watchmen? I think the point of comparison rests on that word “watch,” which is often used with respect to the Lord’s work among men. For instance, the Lord Christ told Peter to “watch and pray lest [he] fall into temptation,”[1] as he tells us all.[2] He, moreover, compares us to those servants who, knowing what hour their master would return, watch and keep ready for his return.[3] We, however, don’t know when the Lord Jesus is returning and yet we wait and watch for Him, looking up to the sky for we can see that our redemption draws near.[4]And what does this watching consist of? It consists of looking to the Lord in prayer, seeing Him as He has revealed Himself in His Word, and seeing in the world this fact: The world and everything in it is passing away; it is in this light that we watch eagerly, more eagerly than the watchmen for morning. For we are watching for the Sun of Righteousness to return for His beloved Bride, the church, Israel, whom He will fully redeem from the effects of Adam’s, as well as her own, iniquities. Our bodies will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and we will be caught up to be with Him forever. Amen!

[Notes on Psalm 130:7]


[1] Cf. Mark 14:37-38

[2] Cf. Luke 21:34-36

[3] Cf. Matt 24:36-51

[4] Cf. Luke 21:25-33

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