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I Wait for the LORD

June 11, 2019

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I Wait for the LORD

Waiting is often one of the hardest things  we need to do.     We wait  for the results  of an emergency surgery;  the grades on a test;  acceptance to a job;  our soldiers to come home from war;  the results of medical tests,  and a lot more.     We wait for God  to answer long felt prayers,  as days drag into weeks,  months  and years.

In all our waiting,  we know that God is good.     We know  that His wisdom and timing are so much greater and better  than we can ever imagine.     And,  we remember the patient love God has shown towards us,  in bringing us a Savior,  who can truly cleanse us  from all our sins  and make us fit  for heaven.     All of this remembering assures us  that all things will work  for our good,  just as God’s word promises.     We don’t know just what things will be like,  but we do know  it will be good.

With those very thoughts,  the psalmist wrote  in Psalm 130:5-8,

I wait for the LORD,  my soul does wait,
And in His word  do I hope.
My soul waits  for the Lord
More than the watchmen  for the morning;
Indeed,  more than the watchmen  for the morning.
O Israel,  hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD  there is lovingkindness,
And with Him  is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

That was written ever so long ago,  and many accounts  throughout the Bible  back up what this psalmist expressed.     As we wait — as God’s children have waited  in many different circumstances — we hope in God’s word,  His promises.     Sure,  we do have this deep longing  for an answer  to our prayers,  and God tells us  to put our hope  in Him,  just because He truly loves us.

Whatever it is  that we are waiting for,  the very greatest reward we will receive  will be our redemption  from all of our sins.     That is what will open up heaven’s doors  for us, and give us the true rest  we need.

As we wait and trust,  we also actively serve our Lord  in whatever capacity  He has put us.    The Bible gives a number of examples  of God’s children serving  while waiting.    One example is Joseph  in Genesis 40, where he patiently served other prisoners,  even though he himself  was a prisoner.     God tested his patience  over and over,  as Joseph continued to trust  in God’s wisdom  in letting him remain  in prison.

God truly worked all things  for the good of Joseph’s family,  just as Joseph trusted  that God would do.     Even though our circumstances are so hard to bear,  we can still know  that it is well worth our while  to wait for God  to do things His way.

As we remember  all the good God has done,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are so patient with us.     Help us  to willingly serve You  as we wait  for Your gracious answers to our prayers.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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