Waiting on the Lord

Psalm 130 (ESV)


“1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”

You can probably imagine what it would feel like to be a watchmen on the night shift. It’s cold outside, everything in you wants to sleep, you are a little bit afraid, and you are straining to see and to listen for the enemy approaching. The night is long, and you want more than anything to see the eastern horizon begin to show signs of light.

The psalmist compares this kind of anticipation to the sense of hope that we should have in the Lord. With all of the difficulties of life pressing in, our hope needs to rest firmly in Christ. We must wait on Him, trust in Him, and live with a sense of anticipation, knowing that our God’s love is steadfast. I see in this passage a heart posture of complete dependence upon Christ; it is the kind of heart posture that every Christ follower needs to be marked by. I see a man on his knees and yet confident and sure. He is confident, not in himself, but in Lord. God, fill our churches with men and women like this!

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