Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. – Psalm 27:14
As we begin this New Year together, I would like to talk with you about one of the hardest human activities on this side of heaven.
The holy Scriptures enjoin us to “wait on the Lord.” Waiting is a familiar human activity; but it carries a connotation that is different from the meaning of “waiting” in the Bible. So, what does “waiting on the Lord” mean? The Hebrew word translated wait is qavah defined by Strong as "to wait, look for, hope, expect." The Treasury of David offers this comment:
“Wait at His door with prayer; wait at His foot with humility; wait at His table with service; wait at his window with expectancy.”
That’s a lot of activity to be engaged in. Therefore, “waiting on the Lord” involves every aspect of our lives.
And the very first reason I can think of that would want to make me wait on the Lord is: because He is the God of providence and the God of our salvation.
We also wait on Him for His mercy, pardon, guidance and teaching, protection and the fulfilment of His word and His promises. So, to wait on the Lord is to look to Him in expectation, to anticipate that He is about to do something. What is it then that we are to be expecting, as we wait on the Lord?
Well, simply put, it is reasonable to expect anything from God that is consistent with His nature. We should expect God to do anything and everything that He has revealed to be His will, or that is to be implied from His nature or His general character. Has He made a promise?
He will certainly keep it; He is faithful, dependable, and reliable. He will do what He says He will do.
So, to wait on the Lord well and not be ashamed or disappointed, we must wait on God to do things that He is actually going to do. Otherwise we might wait in vain, to our own hurt and confusion. To avoid this, we must pursue God in order to know Him well, as He is, and not merely presume that He is as we wish for Him to be.
The ability to wait on the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and in what God is doing. It means confidence in God’s person: confidence in His wisdom, love, timing, understanding of our situation and that of the world. It means knowing and trusting in God’s principles, promises, purposes, and power.
I pray that we can all learn this year to wait on the Lord.
Pastor Robert Chew