Most of the Bible is meant to speak to us but the Psalms speak for us. Think about this distinction as you read Psalms.
Psalm 130:1-8 is one of the seven penitential psalms in Christian tradition. The others are:
The Christian traditions as early as Augustine in the fifth century began to see these psalms as especially effective ways to express contrition and repentance before God.
Psalm 130 begins with the cry to God from the individual petitioner. The speaker who is in deep despair petitions God (Psalms 130:1-2). The reference to the “depths” out of which the petitioner calls are identified with the deep waters referred to in Psalms 69:1-2 and other places. Then the speaker raises a rhetorical question whose answer is, “no one” in the face of God can stand (Psalms 130:3). Psalms 130:4 affirms that the petition will be answered because of God’s forgiveness. One could imagine a priest saying a word of forgiveness in a communal service where the petitioner has come. This is followed by the threefold statement by the petitioner of “waiting.” (Psalms 130:5-6 ) The concluding verses (Psalms 130:7-8 ) are addressed to the community showing them that there are substantial reasons to find hope in God.
We can find words from the Psalms when we are lacking our own words. After all the gospels of Matthew and Mark (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 ) have Jesus crying out with the words of Psalms 22:1 from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” The Psalms express in vivid ways our complaints, pleas, thanksgivings, and praises. Martin Luther claimed that Psalms 130:1-8 was his favorite. John Wesley after his conversion sat in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and was hearing the choir sing this psalm.
What are the different situations and words from the Book of Psalms that you have found helpful?.