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 (Ps 130:1–2), asking for mercy (Ps 130:3–4). The psalmist’s trust (Ps 130:5–6) becomes a model for the people (Ps 130:7–8).
Prayer for Pardon and Mercy
1A song of ascents.
Out of the depths#The depths: Sheol here is a metaphor of total misery. Deep anguish makes the psalmist feel “like those descending to the pit” (Ps 143:7). I call to you, Lord;
2Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.#a. [130:2] Ps 5:2–3; 55:2–3; 86:6; Lam 3:55–56; Jon 2:3.
3If you, Lord, keep account of sins,
Lord, who can stand?#b. [130:3] Na 1:6.
4But with you is forgiveness
and so you are revered.#And so you are revered: the experience of God’s mercy leads one to a greater sense of God.
5I wait for the Lord,
my soul waits
and I hope for his word.#c. [130:5] Ps 119:81.
6My soul looks for the Lord
more than sentinels for daybreak.#d. [130:6] Is 21:11; 26:9.
More than sentinels for daybreak,
7let Israel hope in the Lord,
For with the Lord is mercy,
with him is plenteous redemption,#e. [130:7] Ps 86:15; 100:5; 103:8.
8And he will redeem Israel
from all its sins.#f. [130:8] Ps 25:22; Mt 1:21.