An Advent Prayer of Confident Hope

By Mark D. Roberts

December 20, 2019

Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
+++Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
+++to my cry for mercy.
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
+++Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
+++so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
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 130:1-8 (NIV)



I wait for you, Lord,
For your mercy, your forgiveness, your love.

A hand reaching into a distant sunlightI wait for you, Lord,
Not with wishful thinking,
But with confident hope,
Because I have known your redemption,
I have tasted the sweetness of your grace.

I wait for you, Lord,
Because I trust your word.
You are ever faithful,
Ever reliable.

I wait for you, Lord,
With eagerness,
Like the night guard looking for the sunrise.
I know that your full redemption will come.
Yes, come Lord Jesus, come!

Ponder Throughout the Day:

Your hope in God is not wishful thinking but wise confidence because God’s love never fails.

Explore more at The High Calling archive, hosted by the Theology of Work Project:
Advent Reflection: Waiting for Forgiveness in Psalm 130

Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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