ALONE WITH GOD
“My soul waiteth only upon God [marg: is silent unto God]; from Him cometh my salvation.”‘Ps. 62:1
It is said that David wrote this Psalm when he was in exile. His son Absalom was attempting to take over the throne and David was out in the wilderness running for his life. This was not David’s first rodeo, he had become familiar with this wilderness over the years. He had been running from the Philistine army and he had been running from Saul, but this experience had to be the worst. David loved his son. He had always felt that Absalom would follow him as King of Israel but this turn of events was totally unexpected. Not only was David betrayed by his own son, there were military officers and priests who had thrown in with Absalom. Many of these men had been David’s closest counselors. Talk about conflicted, David could not bring himself to fight against his son. So here he was, out in the wilderness, all alone. Alone with God. This is where David excelled, he would just wait on The Lord and leave the consequences in His hands. He said that he would wait on The Lord because salvation (deliverance from our enemies) could only come from God. Here is an excerpt from the book “Waiting on God” from Andrew Murray.
“If salvation indeed comes from God, and is entirely His work, just as creation was, it follows, as a matter of course, that our first and “highest duty is to wait on Him to do the work that pleases Him. Waiting becomes then the only way to the experience of a full salvation, the only way, truly, to know God as the God of our salvation. All the difficulties that are brought forward as keeping us back from full salvation, have their cause in this one thing: the defective knowledge and practice of waiting upon God. All that the Church and its members need for the manifestation of the mighty power of God in the world, is the return to our true place, the place that belongs to us, both in creation and redemption, the place of absolute and unceasing dependence upon God.”
Maybe you are in a tight spot today. Maybe you have faced betrayal by friends or relatives. Maybe you have be given a bad medical report. Or maybe you are facing financial collapse. You may feel like you are alone but sometimes that is the best place to be, alone with God. Alone with God is the strongest position to be in. Here is the place we learn to wait. This is the place where we discover His secret power, waiting on The Lord. If you think about it, that is where the church was birthed. The disciples had be given a task bigger than any of them could imagine; so what did they do? They waited on The Lord. They were waiting in an upper room and the rest is history.