Wait for the Lord

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Day 21

Tuesdays in October, I’m sharing scripture that the Lord has used to work on my messy heart in my time of waiting. When waiting for peace, anything, something in the dark periods of waiting this year, Psalm 40 spoke to me about waiting for the Lord. About His goodness.

And maybe it will speak to you while you wait.

Psalm 40 (ESV)

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told.

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance[b]
    in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
    as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me
    beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
    but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

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Theme of the Year

Are you one of those people that name a year before it begins? I have friends that will declare the theme of a year on January 1st. I used to think that you could name a year, but this year, I was learned differently.

I could have never guessed what the theme of this year would be. I wouldn’t have guessed how hard it would be. I wouldn’t have known the fear and the panic that I would face, or the sleepless nights. I wouldn’t have known the pain that I would feel as I waited for the one thing that my heart longs for the most.

The theme that has emerged, the theme that I have wrestled with in hospital waiting rooms and in the middle of the night in my home, is “wait”.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines “wait” as

: to stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc.

: to not do something until something else happens

: to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon

Those definitions feel so hopefully. They are not close to what the Psalmist feels about waiting.

Psalm 130 (ESV)

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

From the Psalmist’s account, waiting is to be full of hope.

Do you normally have hope when you wait?

This post is part of the 31 Days Writing Challenge, in which a group of writers post a piece every day for the month of October.