There is a verse from Psalm 130:6 that I began to use in my prayers years ago. The words are: “I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
In the May 1st Daily Bread there is a post entitled: “Waiting in Anticipation.” The writer, Lisa Samra, writes about a celebration of the coming of May in Oxford, England. It is an early morning celebration in which the crowd gathers to welcome spring. At 6:00, the Magdalen college choir sings from the top of Magdalen Tower. Thousands of people wait in anticipation for the dark night to be broken by song and the ringing or bells.
I am sure that the majority of New Englanders were in high expectation of spring this year. We have experienced one of the coolest Aprils in quite some time. I even had to call up my oil company and ask for one last delivery before the warm weather really kicked in. Finally this week the warm air showed up in a big way, from 50’s to 80’s seemingly overnight.
Like the revelers in Oxford, England, I have often had to wait on God. I have had to wait for some prayers to be answered. I have had to wait on God’s timing in order to pursue certain areas in ministry. I have had to wait to get the proper training and knowledge to start a business or some pursuit to enhance my portfolio. Most of the time, the Lord does not reveal how long the wait will be. But nevertheless, I must patiently wait, trusting that God’s timing is always perfect.
In Psalm 130 the psalmist writes of being in deep travail and distress. Perhaps he was facing a situation that felt as black and cold as the night in northern New England town. But in the midst of his t troubles, he chose to wait on God. He had to remain alert like a guard on duty, charged with the responsibility of protecting his crew or in this case charged with the duty of announcing daybreak. “I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
The anticipation of God’s faithfulness breaking through the dark clouds of your pessimism, gives us hope to endure even in the midst of our suffering and persecution. The Lord reminds us over and over again through Scripture, that He will never leave us or forsake us, nor will He put more on us than we can bear! We must remain prayerful and hopeful and allow God to work through, work out whatever needs to be done so that He can manifest the promise that He made you and me. God is a covenant keeper. We are able to be hopeful even if we haven’t seen one sign of spring yet, or one ray of light lighting up the darkest night. We can trust in the eternal God to keep his promises.
I encourage you as I encourage myself to keep watching and waiting. The best is yet to come. A delay doesn’t mean a denial. Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning.