A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning — yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130)
Waiting On The Lord
There are fifteen psalms (120-134) that are declared “psalms of ascent.” It has been suggested these are special psalms written for the people of God to use as they ascend the mountain to worship the Lord. The character of the words fit the need of preparing one for worship showing a dependence on God.
We are impatient people. There are fast food places to eat, expectations of service being given quickly and if our computer takes more than three fifths of a millisecond to respond we are upset. Now. Not later. Now. Cars must be fast, cooking must be instant, drive through this and drive through that and the fast paced life is the norm. He who sits above the circle of the earth is not in a hurry. He wants His people to wait on Him.
The psalmist reminds us our dependence is on the Lord. “The expression, ‘my soul doth wait,’ is stronger than ‘I wait;’ it implies heart-felt trust and confidence” (Pulpit Commentary; Psalm 130:5). It is hard to wait but wait we must. The Lord does not fly on our timetable. He works in His own way and His own will. The calming message of the word of God teaches us to trust in His will rejecting the instant pudding of man’s wisdom.
The blessing of trusting in the Lord’s word is found in hope. There is steadfast love in the manner His mercy fills our lives with His redemption. When we learn to wait on the Lord we will find a deeper joy. Where He leads I will follow. It is hard to follow because we think we know a better way. Waiting on the Lord is learning to walk in His footsteps so that my life is one set of footprints: His.
Today is the middle of the week. Slow down. Take a moment. Calmly remember the blessings of the Lord. Wait for it. Wait. Be patient. Let His love flow over you today as you prepare for this day and the rest of the week. Above all: wait on the Lord.
They also serve who stand and wait. (John Milton, Sonnet on His Blindness, c.1650)