WAIT UPON THE LORD
Psa. 62:1 ¶ Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
Does it ever seem like God is just slow. You know what I mean, He says something and it takes years for anything to happen. David learned to “wait on the Lord” while living in caves while as he ran from King Saul and his army. David received a promise from the Lord as a young boy, this promise took about seventeen years to begin to come true. In the mean time David did a lot of waiting. He didn’t have to wait alone though. The Lord was very present by the power of his Spirit upon David. Waiting does not have to be tedious, it can be filled with pleasure found only in the presence of the Lord.
John Trapp said, ‘Waiting is nothing else but hope and trust lengthened.” Luther said, “My soul is still (calm) in God.” Pool remarked that waiting is “silently, quietly, and patiently looking up to God for deliverance.”
Albert Barnes said, “My soul waiteth upon God – Septuagint, ” Is not my soul subject to God?” So the Latin Vulgate. The Hebrew word – du – means ” silence, quiet, rest” ; and then, a silent expectation or hope. The idea here is, “Truly toward God is the silent waiting of my soul” ; that is, ” In him alone do I trust; there is calmness of mind; I have no apprehension as to what can happen. My mind is at peace, for I feel that all is in the hands of God, and that He is worthy of entire trust and confidence.” The feeling is that which exists when we have entrusted all to God; when, having entire confidence in his power, his goodness, his wisdom, his mercy, we commit the whole case to him as if it were no longer our own. Such is the calmness – the peace – the quiet – the silence of the soul – when all is left with God.”
Jonathan Edwards points out the utter focus on God Himself that waiting involves. We are not just waiting, our eyes are fixed on Him as we wait.
“Looking to, or looking for, are used as phrases equivalent to trusting, seeking, hoping, waiting, believing on… Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.”
Do you feel like the Lord has forgotten you and His promises that He made or maybe you could have been mistaken about His promises? Turn your affections and attention on God Himself. When we acknowledge Him and draw near to Him several things happen. First, His presence is more than enough to lift, encourage, and satisfy us in our journey. Secondly, the promises are confirmed and strengthened in us as we look toward Him. Finally, the promise itself is fulfilled, it seems when we are fixated on God rather than his promises that the promise suddenly appears. So I think I am going to practice “waiting silently” like David did, that is the place of utter rest and contentment.