In Psalm 37:3-7 David describes to us what we can do as we wait upon God. It is never a matter if we will ever need to wait on God, it is when we will wait on God.
Yet here we are, in the midst of a world which does not like to wait. However, we can know and remember that God is our caring and intimate Savior. Importantly, in times of waiting, He is our friend.
No one likes traffic jams. No one likes the long lines in the grocery stores. No one can truly enjoy waiting on a baby to be born. Yet there is a purpose in our waiting for everything. Even hearing from God…we may find ourselves waiting for an answer. Patience dear one.
We may be accustomed to thinking that waiting, means bunkering down, that hanging in there means hiding out. But that’s not what he says.
This is the character of our waiting — of the life of faith. It is thoroughly active. We are called to trust God. To really trust him. Not just on the sidelines, or in the books, or only in theory. But to trust him out there. We are to trust him and do good, which implies that our faith rolls up its sleeves and digs into this grimy earth. We trust God while the dirt of Adam’s world gets buried beneath our fingernails.
And it is full of delight. This might be the most confusing to the sentiments of our old nature. When things are bad, when the wicked draw their swords and bend their bows, we have delight — because it is as we delight in God, not our circumstances, not the goodness or badness of the details around us.
This is overwhelmingly a delight by faith, when we look through our pain and seize the unshakable glory of a Savior who will never leave us nor forsake us, one who knows what it means to hurt, who walked the path of greatest suffering to welcome us into his presence where there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.
And then, trusting him and doing good, delighting in him and desiring things that conform to his will, we commit our way to him. We know that the horses are made ready for battle, but the victory is always his. We know that unless he is watching, the watchman stays awake in vain. This is the humble refrain to mistake ourselves as the one running things. It’s the bowed-head, soul-prostrate refusal to take the situation into our own hands. We’ve trusted, we’ve acted, we’re delighted, and now we say, “Let the Lord do what seems good to him!” 2 Samuel 10:12.
And then we are still before him. We are waiting, after all. Waiting. Holding on. Orienting our lives in the time at hand on the yet to come.
Wednesday Whisper: As David expresses clearly; we can place our trust in the Lord; we can delight ourselves in the Lord, we can commit our ways to the Lord and we can be still before the Lord. Lesson learned? Probably not, it will take practice. Trust, delight, commit and be still before the Lord, and in all ways acknowledge Him as we wait.