Spirit & Truth # 249
“Waiting on God”
By Greg Smith
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.
Here I am, I have come.
I desire to do your will, O my God.
May your love and your truth always protect me.
Be pleased, O Lord, to save me;
O Lord, come quickly to help me.
May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
May those who love your salvation always say,
“The Lord be exalted!”
(Psalm 40:1-3, 7-8, 13, 16 NIV)
When I was a child, my family took a vacation to Disney World. What started out as a fun ride turned into disaster when we got stuck on the “It’s a Small World” ride for a couple of hours. Imagine being confined to a small boat in an enclosed space while animatronic figures sing a saccharine song over and over while you wait for the ride to be resumed or evacuated. I just couldn’t wait for someone to throw the switch that would pick us up out of that watery ride and set us on solid ground, far from earshot of that song.
An experience like this, however grating on the nerves, is nothing compared to the agonizing waits of actual life. Hospital waiting rooms are crowded with those who wait impatiently to hear word of a loved one’s surgery. Parents spend many late night hours waiting for children to come home safely from work or a date. Widows wait with hands folded in prayer, pining for the day when they will see their departed spouses again in Glory.
As the psalmist waits, he recalls God’s past faithfulness, when the Father lifted him out of the mire and set his feet on a rock. As you wait on God, remember His faithfulness to you in the past. You have seen effortless times in your life—those sublime moments when everything seems to fit together as if by plan. Perhaps it was by plan, and God is the master architect. You have also seen trying times, when everything seems to be falling apart. But you have seen either God’s deliverance out of those situations, or felt God’s presence to calm you during those times.
Recalling God’s past faithfulness gives you faith in this present moment. You say, “Here I am, I have come,” presenting yourself to God to do with as He pleases. You know He will care for you, because He always has. Remember His protection and salvation, and anticipate a time of rejoicing once your wait is over. Wait on the Lord, and be patient. Wait on the Lord.