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Waiting deeply penetrates the soul.

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Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

 

The ability to wait is becoming a thing of the past.  Now, cell phones have more computing power than the computers in the Apollo program, and waiting has become ‘old school.’  Within a few minutes, we can order a new widget off the Internet, with delivery by the next day.  This notion of not waiting has been spilling over into our faith.

In Psalm 130, we find the psalmist waiting on the Lord.  He describes how a watchman feels while waiting for the sunrise after a long, cold night of standing post. This waiting deeply penetrates to his soul.  Pay close attention to the repetition here.  Repeated lines are the author’s way of adding emphasis on important aspects of their message.  The idea of waiting on the Lord is repeated and points to a very important reality in our lives as Christians!

When I was a young boy growing up, my parents didn’t have a lot of money.  Nevertheless, I received an allowance for my chores.  It wasn’t much, so if there was some interesting toy or model airplane I wanted, waiting was the name of the game.  It wasn’t easy, especially if I had to receive a couple allowances to get it.  While this example of a child’s experience is very simple, we, as followers of Christ, are to have the faith of a child, and much of that involves waiting.  We’ve all had to wait on the Lord, sometimes over long periods of time and sometimes in His silence, not knowing why or how much longer we can hold out. Reflect on your times of waiting and rejoice in the memories where waiting was blessed by the Lord’s answer as you listen to the song ‘The Waiting.'[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Rich Obrecht

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