Psalm 130: 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
According to New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary the Hebrew word for “wait” is synonymous with “hope”. The psalmist here admits his sinfulness, yet also affirms the mercies of God to forgive and to cleanse. If this were not so the psalmist would not be waiting or anticipating the Lord. But God’s love and mercy inspire hope rather than dread. Thank you Lord for your mercies which are new every day. Amen.