Psalms 130:6

6 My life's on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.

Psalms 130:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 130:6

My soul [waiteth] for the Lord
This is repeated for the confirmation of it, and to show the vehement and constant disposition of his mind towards the Lord; as well as for the sake of what follows:

more than they that watch for the morning: [I say, more than] they
that watch for the morning;
or, "more than the morning watchers, that watch for or until the morning" F8; than watchmen of cities, or the keepers of the wails, as Aben Ezra; those who are upon the last morning watch, and are looking out for the morning light; that they may go off from duty, and lie down and sleep: or than those that sit up with sick persons; who, being solitary and melancholy, as well as want sleep, long for the morning, that they may have some refreshment: or rather than the priests and Levites that watched in the temple, that waited for the morning, that they might be relieved by others; or else than those of that function, who were very diligent to observe the break of day, that they might enter upon their morning sacrifices; of which are many instances in the Misnah F9. So the Targum,

``more than they that observe the morning watches, which they observe to offer up the morning sacrifice:''

and Kimchi's paraphrase is,

``who rise in the morning watches to pray.''

The coming of Christ is said to be as the morning; and the light of God's countenance is comparable to the morning light; the discoveries of pardoning grace are through the bright shining of the sun of righteousness, and is the healing that is in his wings; and salvation and deliverance from any distress Is light that breaks forth as the morning: all and each of these are more desirable, and more to be waited for, than the natural light of the morning; see ( 2 Samuel 23:4 ) ( Hosea 6:3 ) ( Psalms 30:4 ) ( Malachi 4:2 ) ( Isaiah 58:8 ) .


F8 So Junius & Tremellius, Musculus, Cocceius.
F9 See Misn. Yoma, c. 3. s. 1. & Tamid, c. 3. s. 2.

Psalms 130:6 In-Context

4 As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that's why you're worshiped.
5 I pray to God - my life a prayer - and wait for what he'll say and do.
6 My life's on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.
7 O Israel, wait and watch for God - with God's arrival comes love, with God's arrival comes generous redemption.
8 No doubt about it - he'll redeem Israel, buy back Israel from captivity to sin.
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