Keeping Watch

Key Texts: Psalm 130:1-6

 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.


It’s a powerful prayer, with powerful images.  Those of

  • Crying out from the depths of a raging sea
  • Listening carefully for any hint of hope
  • Falling in supplication, begging for mercy, for sins committed
  • Yearning for forgiveness, waiting with one’s whole being
  • Of watchmen, standing firm in the darkness, sentinels, facing the darkness
  • Eagerly awaiting the light of dawn

Is this how we pray?  Is this earnest supplication, desire, yearning, vigilance what marks our daily prayer?

It’s a high ideal that the Psalmist places before us, challenging us to accept as our own.

Prayer is too often something done in a hurry, or as an afterthought.

How much more powerful it is to think of it as this deep, sincere, almost desperate seeking of God.

The darkness is real – and ominous – but so is morning’s light.

So keep watch, always keep watch.

“I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

May that always be our prayer.


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