Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wait upon the Lord

 1Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
 2Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. 
(Psalm 123:1-2, King James Version)

Wait upon the Lord

How well do we wait upon the Lord? The Psalmist said he waited upon the Lord His God until He had mercy upon Him. Waiting is not necessarily a pleasant or easy thing to do, but could it be that God withhold's His blessing to help us learn to wait and trust upon Him?

As we look to God who dwells in the heavens it is important for us to realize that God is to us as the master to his servants, or as the mistress to her maidens. I fear that all too often we forget that our relationship to God is one of servanthood. Rather than approach God with numberless requests, we need to approach Him, not just as a servant, but as a servant who trusts completely in His provisions for all of our needs.

Even for believers, it is not always easy to do this. Often we come to God with so many expectations that we forget that He is God and we are not! Life does not always run smoothly--in fact most of the time it does not run smoothly. Does that mean God is not doing His job? No! It means that we need to rest completely in God's care and continuance with no expectations. We need to understand that He is moving and working in our lives exactly as He has planned!

Life, after all, is not really about us at all, is it? We are here to bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter what our present circumstances may be. Yet, we can do so joyfully, knowing that this earth is but a stepping stone. The time will come, in the not so distant future, when our days on this earth will be ended, and our joyous reunion with the Lord Jesus Christ will come to pass.

We have just celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, but even more, we celebrate His eternal abode in heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. It is not because of us, but because of Christ that we have such a glorious future to anticipate.

So, then, let us wait upon the Lord patiently as encouraged by the writer of Psalm 123. Go, today, in the strength and power of the Lord and live this day to His honor and glory, resting in His power and strength as our dear Lord and Master.

God Bless You,

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