May 28 Evening Verse of The Day

130:5 his word The word davar generally refers to a statement, but it can indicate something more specific like a saying or a promise. God has made many promises to Israel—so many that the psalmist doesn’t need to be more specific.

I wait The Hebrew word used here, yachal, is synonymous with qawah (often rendered “wait”), which is used twice earlier in this verse. Both terms indicate waiting with anticipation (compare Ps 130:7).[1]

130:5 in His word do I hope. The psalmist expresses a certain hope since God’s Word cannot fail (cf. Mt 5:18; Lk 16:17; Jn 10:35).[2]

130:5 — I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.

God does not spring into action on our timetable. In fact, He often waits to the very last moment to intervene. Why? Waiting is God’s training ground for building strong faith. As we wait, we learn to trust.[3]

5. “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait.” Expecting him to come to me in love, I quietly wait for his appearing; I wait upon him in service, and for him in faith. For God I wait and for him only: if he will manifest himself I shall have nothing more to wait for; but until he shall appear for my help I must wait on, hoping even in the depths. This waiting of mine is no mere formal act, my very soul is in it,—“my soul doth wait.” I wait and I wait—mark the repetition! “My soul waits,” and then again, “My soul waits”; to make sure work of the waiting. It is well to deal with the Lord intensely. Such repetitions are the reverse of vain repetitions. If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people: they waited for the First Advent, and now they wait for the Second. They waited for a sense of pardon, and now they wait for perfect sanctification. They waited in the depths, and they are not now wearied with waiting in a happier condition. They have cried and they do wait; probably their past prayer sustains their present patience.

And in his word do I hope.” This is the source, strength, and sweetness of waiting. Those who do not hope cannot wail; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. God’s word is a true word, but at times it tarries; if ours is true faith it will wait the Lord’s time. A word from the Lord is as bread to the soul of the believer; and, refreshed thereby, it holds out through the night of sorrow expecting the dawn of deliverance and delight. Waiting, we study the word, believe the word, hope in the word, and live on the word; and all because it is “his word,”—the word of him who never speaks in vain. Jehovah’s word is a firm ground for a waiting soul to rest upon.[4]

Ver. 5.—I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait. “Waiting for the Lord” is patiently bearing our affliction, whatever it may be, and confidently looking forward to deliverance from it in God’s good time. The expression, “my soul doth wait,” is stronger than “I wait;” it implies heart-felt trust and confidence. And in his word do I hope; i.e. his word of promise.[5]

130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits. The psalmist is waiting for Yahweh’s forgiveness (see 40:1). Note the use of ’adonay and YHWH in verses 5 and 6, the same pattern as we have seen in verses 1 and 2.[6]

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope (v. 5). This is a declaration of certain trust in the Lord. Twice the verb for ‘wait for’ (qâvâh, Pi.) is used and once the verb ‘to hope’ (yâchal, Hi.). These verbs are very close together in meaning, and convey the idea of expectant waiting.2 The psalmist is not waiting in case God should be gracious. On the contrary, he has clearly received forgiveness, and now continues in the sure confidence that God, while remaining just, is able to blot out iniquities (Rom. 3:26). Upon God’s own word he places his complete reliance (cf. the similar language in Ps. 119:49).[7]

5 With great anticipation the psalmist hopes in the Lord: “I wait [qiwwîtî] … my soul waits [qiwwe] … I put my hope [hôḥāle].” The repetition of the verbs for “hope” reveal the longing of his heart for a positive sign and a word from the Lord. In his desperate state (vv. 1–2) he has learned to be submissive to the sovereign Lord, who is the fountain of grace. In patient waiting, faith looks to the Lord to grant his grace (cf. La 3:25–26).

The “word” the psalmist is waiting for may be an oracle of salvation (Kraus, 2:872) or an act of salvation in fulfillment of God’s word of promise (cf. 107:20). From the concern with waiting like a watchman and from the concluding assurance that the Lord will redeem his people from their sins, I deduce that the “word” denotes a new act of salvation by which the godly person is upheld in faith.[8]

[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 130:5). Lexham Press.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 130:5). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 130:5). Nelson Bibles.

[4] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 120-150 (Vol. 6, pp. 119–120). Marshall Brothers.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). Psalms (Vol. 3, p. 246). Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Bullock, C. H. (2017). Psalms 73–150 (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.; Vol. 2, p. 440). Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[7] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vols. 1–2, pp. 926–927). Mentor.

[8] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 922). Zondervan.

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