Psalm 130: 5: “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”

For most of my life, I’ve been interested in hymnals and have studied many of them. It’s been an effective way to learn more about scripture, authors of texts, composers, and more.

Despite differences among hymnals, there are similarities. I often find neglected hymns. That certainly seems to be true in The United Methodist Hymnal. One is Out of the Depths I Cry to You (UMH #515). Words and music are the work of Martin Luther, with text inspired by Psalm 130 and Psalm 120:1-2. Below is one of the verses:

My soul is waiting for the Lord as one who longs for morning; no watcher waits with greater hope than I for Christ’s returning. I hope as Israel in the Lord, who sends redemption through the Word. Praise God for endless mercy.

Prayer: O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Stephen Winn