Of Psalm 130, the writer of this morning's reflection in Disciplines says that the closing affirmation, 'O Israel, hope in the Lord!...' is 'the very opposite of the psalm's opening', 'From the depths I cry out, O Lord.'
I would argue that they are not opposing statements, but agreeing. For a cry from the depths to God is itself an expression of hope. If I had no hope of being heard, would I bother to cry out?
Perhaps the cry from the depths is only implicitly hopeful, rather than intentionally. In our performance theory class last week, as we explored discourse theory, we were pondering whether we fully experience an emotion until we can name it - perhaps hope, though somehow expressed and felt, isn't fully hopeful until we can name our hope as hope, at which point we begin to move on from despair and more fully into hope.