“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1)
Many passages in the Bible are easily read as if passivity is a good thing. How often do we read in the Psalms that we are to wait on the Lord? Just to name a few: Psalm 27:14; Psalm 103:5; Psalm 37:34. Another way to understand “waiting on the Lord” is to have our hope fully set on Him. We read in Psalm 34:5 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”
How do we wait on the Lord, or put our hope in Him? We do so through trust and obedience. Once again, we read in verse 8 of Psalm 62 “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” You and I know when our hearts begin to wander, when our hearts begin to seek after that which feeds our sinful nature. Yet, we soon find such a focus on the worldly leaves us empty and discouraged. In verse 10 we read “Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.”
Putting our hope in God means seeking Him first, above all things. It means worshipping God (yes, including attending your Sunday worship gathering, as well as other gatherings during the week). It means continually seeking ways to place our attention on Christ. We read in Colossians 3:2-3 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
As we meditate on Christ, on His kingship and kindness, we begin to see the road of obedience, and the burden becomes light (Matthew 10:28).
Question: Are you setting your hope fully on the God who gave His only Son for you?
Challenge: Read Psalm 62 and Psalm 27. Fill your mind with God’s Word.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Son. Though your enemy, thank you for showing kindness to me. Fill my heart with the joy of that salvation.
Jonathan Agudelo, Chapel Leader -- Toronto Blue Jays