Context: The psalmist raises his longing cry of supplication to the Lord from the depths of his soul, which is despairing from sin. All men are guilty of unrighteousness, but God is forgiving: hence, men revere Him. The poet awaits reconciliation with his Lord more eagerly than the night sentry awaits the dawn. He urges Israel have faith in God, for He will freely forgive all her sinfulness. The psalmist commences the poem with an earnest plea that God listen to his prayer:
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.