Lift up your heads, you gates;

    be lifted up, you ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord strong and mighty,

    the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, you gates;

    lift them up, you ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

Who is he, this King of glory?

    The Lord Almighty

    he is the King of glory.

Psalm 24:7-10

Waiting is never easy. I hate it. Because for me, waiting aches. I don’t know about you, but waiting feels like someone is taking my muscles and stretching them as far as they can go.

In seasons of waiting, we tangibly feel the Lord‘s delay and many of us want to run or numb and avoid any feeling of pain associated with the waiting. And yet, to hope is to wait.

What if waiting is at the core of putting our hope in Jesus? What if waiting on the Lord is precisely what brings us to our knees, finally willing to come to the end of ourselves and surrender our own attempts to find relief? What if waiting is what God uses to bring us to those Selah moments, where we say “Lord, you are King and I am not. You can have all the glory. Just please do something to save me!”

Although waiting seems like something we cannot control, there is something we can do. We can look up. In today’s psalm, the musician lifts up his head and acknowledges the King of Glory. We, too, can lift our eyes toward heaven and see there is one God to be praised above all gods.

Use today to look up and to proclaim praise to the one you are waiting for. Write your own psalm of praise as a way of lifting your eyes up from whatever you are waiting on.

By Yvonne Biel

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