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Friday, March 1

Psalm 130

 

Waiting.  It is a discipline we most often associate with the Advent season not Lent.  However, the Christian life is always marked by waiting in some form – waiting for healing, for a Word, for a change, waiting for God’s revelation.  In today’s Scripture we find the Psalmist is waiting.  It is essential here to note the expectation and hope that permeates the waiting though.  There is an active expectancy not some passive complacency.  Though the Psalmist is still in the depths surrounded by sorrow, there is hope. 

In this popular song by the band Mumford & Sons, we find that the same expectation is percolating in the repetition of the refrain “I will wait for you.”  This is a cry of hope.  The words to this song strike me as prophetic and powerful.   I believe the sentiment of the Psalmist and the sentiment of Mumford deliver a similar message.  As we set our eyes to the cross and continue on this Lenten journey, may God “break our steps” that we might be shaken free of those things that weigh us down and find joy as we wait upon the LORD.  And as we often feel “like stones” when we come back to our dorms, houses, or apartments after a long day, may we remember that we will indeed be caught as we “fall heavy” into the arms of the LORD.

So let us wait with hope in our LORD the one who will soon redeem all things!
    

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I Will Wait, by Mumford and Sons


And I came home like a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of dust which we’ve known
Will blow away with this new sun
And I’ll kneel down, wait for now
And I’ll kneel down, know my ground

And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So break my step and relent
You forgave and I won’t forget
Know what we’ve seen
And him with less
Now in some way shake the excess

But I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So I’ll be bold as well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So take my flesh and fix my eyes
That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down, wait for now
I’ll kneel down, know my ground

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

‘Cause I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

 

   

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