Lenten Reader | Day 34

Full Redemption

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

Psalm 130:5-8
Reading these verses over the last week, it so clearly represents the daily grind. Breaking it down into to two parts, we start as we so often do: waiting. The psalmist repeats himself in a longing way. We wait as watchmen wait for the morning. Already as a culture we are put at a disadvantage; we are not good at waiting. In fact, we are terrible at waiting. In the age of Amazon, instant rice ,and microwaves, it is hard for us to grasp the concept of waiting for something.

I have two daughters: a five-year-old and a one-year-old. I love them both so much, but they can be a lot. And when they want something, they want it now!!!! Sometimes I feel that way with my relationship with God. I want answers for my future, my relationships, my problems. I find myself becoming frustrated if I don't get my answers when I want

Waiting is no fun, but as I said earlier, this is a two-part set of verses. We are now commanded to put our hope in the Lord. For he himself is interested in our future, our relationships, and our problems. No matter what has happened to us or what we have done, God is waiting for us with open arms. The psalmist says with him is full redemption. WOW!!! Redeeming us from all of our sins – now that is worth waiting for. As we go through our days, let us remember who it is we serve.

Joel Kirkwood