Darby's Bible Synopsis
Psalm 130 takes up another subject, of the place of which we have found clear traces before the sins of Israel as between the people and God. It is not, however, now merely legal distress. Confidence in Jehovah characterizes it, though accompanied by depth of distress and humiliation. This is the effect of the connection of the sense of sin and of mercy in the soul. Mere legal distress is more selfish in its terror, though admirable for destroying confidence in self and throwing on mercy; conviction with the sense of mercy is more the sense of wronging the God of goodness. It is a deeper work after all. Here there is forgiveness with Jehovah that He might be feared, and the soul waits on Jehovah, though it has cried out of the depths. There is desire, grace being looked to, as well as waiting for Jehovah, Verse 6, (Psalm 130:6). The groundwork is stated in Verse 7, (Psalm 130:7), while Verse 8 (Psalm 130:8) shows confidence in the full results. Verse 4 (Psalm 130:4) is the upright acknowledgment of where the need came from, grace meeting that need; Verse 7, (Psalm 130:7), that which can be reckoned on in Jehovah; Verse 8, (Psalm 130:8), the full counting on it for Israel, that is, redemption, not from troubles, but from iniquities.
Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.