December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 A song of ascents. 2 Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;
- Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
- If you, LORD, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand?
- 3 But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.
- I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word.
- My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak,
- let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is full redemption,
- And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.
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1 [Psalm 130] This lament, a Penitential Psalm, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed. In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God (Psalm 130:1-2), asking for mercy (Psalm 130:3-4). The psalmist's trust (Psalm 130:5-6) becomes a model for the people (Psalm 130:7-8).
2  The depths: Sheol here is a metaphor of total misery. Deep anguish makes the psalmist feel "like those descending to the pit" (Psalm 143:7).
3  And so you are revered: the experience of God's mercy leads one to a greater sense of God.
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