Bought by the Blood

July 1, 2009

Waiting, Hoping and Watching

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. – Psalm 130:5-6

Here in this passage we see the psalmist assuming three postures; waiting, hoping and watching.  The psalmist waits on God, knowing that God is faithful and true to His Word.  The psalmist can wait on God because He knows that God will not let Him down.  If God will be our salvation and lifts us out from the depths, then He will do all else that we need.  Just like a child can wait for their parents knowing that they will pick them up after school, we can wait on God knowing that He hasn’t left us to ourselves and our own ability.  The moment His love and mercy ends is when we should stop waiting on Him, but we rest on the promise that His love never ceases and His mercy has no end.  His goodness is as deep as the oceans so that we could never touch the depths of it, therefore we can seek out His goodness knowing that we will never exhaust it (Lamentations 3:22,25-26).

It is impossible to wait on God without hoping in Him.  Spurgeon says about this posture that the source, strength and sweetness of our waiting is found by hoping in God.  When we become acquainted with the love of God, then he becomes our portion and nothing becomes more satisfying than knowing Him and His glory (Romans 5:5).  If fulfillment in our lives come from God, then hoping in God takes on a whole new meaning (Lamentations 3:24).  When our circumstances make us downcast, we can hope in God knowing that although circumstances change, He is always the same (Psalm 42:5).  Hope does not disappoint, therefore we can “rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-4)”.

Primarily, we do not watch for outward circumstances to change, instead we watch for God reveal more of Himself through our circumstances.  We seek to have eyes of faith to be aware of God moving and working in our lives to conform us to Christ image (2 Corinthians 5:7). We are diligent in watching God act.  The watchmen stay up all night to guard against intruders.  So too, we stay awake to guard against unbelief and lies that can be dangerous for the soul.  The watchmen stays awake when it is dark so they are not surprised by a sneak attack.  We also prepare our souls with the Gospel so that satan, our flesh and this world cannot distract us from God’s call and purpose.  The only thing more watchful than the watchmen waiting for morning is the Christian that standing fast until Christ return.

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