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Waiting

Weekly Devotionals

Waiting

Psalm 5:3 – In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 38:15 – Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.

Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:6 – I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

While chatting with a sister, it occurred to me that waiting is a VERB!  It may sound strange, but when we speak about waiting, we tend to associate it with an absence of activity or stopping the pursuit of something, giving up, or even rejection.  At least I had.  I suppose no one really likes to hear the word, “wait” especially in this busy city that we live in.

In actuality, wait is a verb.  It is something active that we must consciously do. Perhaps it should have been one of the disciplines we studied in 2017.  Waiting is hard to do. Why else would the Psalmist(s) mention it so often?  There are 223 occurrences of wait in the Bible and 17 are in Psalms.  In the past, when I sensed God was saying wait, I always felt despondent and lost because I felt like something was being taken away or even being rejected.  Now I see that God is challenging me to wait (verb) for Him and listen.  I must actively wait for Him, seek Him, find Him and grow in this way.  May you also be challenged to [actively] wait on Him.