“We wait for the Lord; He is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him, because we trust in His holy name. May Your faithful love rest on us, Lord, for we put our hope in You.” (Psalm 33;20-22)
If you find yourself waiting in a doctor’s office waiting room, what do you expect is going to happen? You expect that within a certain amount of time a nurse will open the door to the doctor’s office and call your name, so you can see the doctor. You keep waiting because first you expect this to happen and second because you trust it will happen.
Every human being on the face of the planet is familiar with the “waiting” concept. It’s as common an experience as breathing air. Probably no one likes to wait. You will never hear me say, “I just can wait to get in line at the store so I can wait some more.” But waiting is generally the result of not having a choice but to wait to achieve the outcome we desire.
So why do we wait for the Lord, as the psalmist says? When we find ourselves in situations where the only acceptable outcome must come from the Lord, then we do not run ahead of God and try to resolve it ourselves. We simply wait on Him, and we do so because we know the Lord is our help and our shield. We wait on Him because it is in Him that we rejoice and find our reason for being. We wait on Him because we have come to trust Him through the years.
Waiting for the Lord is simply trusting God faithfully.
Lord, We confess that we do not like to wait, but we also recognize that waiting for You is one of the ways we express our trust in You. Thank You for the joy this gives us. Amen.