1 [A Song of Degrees.] Out of the depths I have cried to you, O LORD.
2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you so that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD. My soul waits, and I hope in his word.
6 My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, even more than those who watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
John Calvin's Chapter Summary:
Whether the Prophet in this Psalm prays in his own name in particular, or represents the whole Church, it is manifest, that finding himself overwhelmed with adversities, he supplicates deliverance with passionate ardor. And while acknowledging that he is justly chastised by the hand of God, he encourages himself and all genuine believers to cherish good hope, since God is the everlasting deliverer of his people, and has always in readiness the means of effecting their rescue from death.