Confidence in Psalm 130
Psalm 130 expresses hope amidst desperation through what it says, but it also expresses confidence in God's faithfulness through what it does poetically as well. The psalmist expresses a progression from repentant desperation to this hope and confidence in God’s mercy beautifully in the specific words that he chooses in this song. A good song writer doesn’t just choose the first words that come to his mind. A really good song is not written in twenty minutes. A good song writer carefully chooses his words in order to communicate very specific ideas, and this song is no different. In this song, the author communicates something simply with the names for God that he choses as he progresses through each stanza. Notice the use of the word, “Lord” in verses 1 and 2: “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice!” In our English translation [more]
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