Day One: God Makes a Difference

Psalm 130 NIV

5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

6 I wait for the Lord

more than watchmen wait for the morning,

more than watchmen wait for the morning.


We find, as we observe how God is addressed, that he is understood as One who forgives sin, who comes to those who wait and hope for him, who is characterized by steadfast love and plenteous redemption, and who will redeem Israel. God makes a difference. God acts positively toward his people. God is not indifferent. He is not rejecting. He is not ambivalent or dilatory. He does not act arbitrarily, in fits and starts. He is not stingy, providing only for bare survival.

– Eugene Peterson Long Obedience In The Same Direction


Six times in Psalm 130 the psalmist addresses the Lord not with the generic word for “God”, but with his personal name, “Yahweh” (LORD). What does this suggest about how God wants to relate to us that he would give us his personal name to call on?


What does it mean to wait on the Lord with your “whole being”? What are practical everyday ways we can wait in this way?


The watchman in today’s psalm is waiting for the sunrise. In your experience has the sun ever failed to rise? What does this suggest about the kind of hope we have in the Lord?


Today, let us pray and wait on God who makes a difference – he works powerfully in our circumstances, provides everything that we need, and gives us his grace to live in the Lord’s victory.