Have You Been Found Waiting? by Zack Fugate
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Oh my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.”-Psalm 25:1-4
Take a step back and think of a time when you patiently waited on the Lord. Consider the last time you turned everything off and simply sat, prayerfully contemplating your relationship with Christ…eagerly waiting on Him. Perhaps this is something you have done only rarely, very little, or maybe it is something you have never done at all. Consider the careful words from David above, “Indeed, none who wait on you shall be put to shame…” We live in a time of immediate answers that can be found with a simple hit of a button, a turning of the page, or through the vocal services of Siri and Google. Attention spans all around us are shrinking by the second, and the production of ADHD medication has gone up well beyond 1000% since 1995. But to what benefit? Where do people find or take the time to slow down? If you want to experience today’s demonstration of patience, sit and observe parent/child interactions in Walmart, the type of customer service given to the elderly, or the level of conversations being held in restaurants vs. the number of people on their cell phones.
David’s cry in these verses and the verses to follow is a cry for patience in waiting on the Lord. In fact, the very next verse states:
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I will wait all the day long.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ, is there eagerness in your heart that leads you to a place where you wait, with childlike adoration, to experience the presence of our heavenly Father? David knew, and he sets for us an example, the importance of dedicating time to waiting on the Lord. To take it a little further, notice what is not being stated. David is not instructing us to wait on the Lord to answer our prayers, as we so desire, or to answer a question that has been weighing heavy on our hearts or minds. No…the focus of David’s waiting is to experience to splendor and fulfillment that only the Lord can offer. The Lord is not only enough, but he is everything!
Take some time in the next day, week, month, to sit and wait upon the Lord. Spend time in the Word and let His truths wash over you. Maybe, just maybe, you will find yourself at the foot of the cross, overwhelmed and overjoyed by the presence of Jesus.
Your Brother in Christ, Zack Fugate