Monday, March 20, 2006

Waiting on the LORD

Those who wait on the LORD
  Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
  They shall run and not be weary,
  They shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:31)
The Hebrew word for “wait” is qavah, and literally means to bind or collect. It is a gathering together. As used in the sense of waiting, it is a focusing of one’s attention, indeed, of one’s whole self. The focal point is the Lord.

This kind of waiting is not about “killing time.” Nor is it about occupying yourself with distractions while you wait. No, this kind of waiting is an attentiveness to the Lord, earnestly looking to Him in expectation. It speaks of complete trust. Therefore, it has no back-up plan; it is an all-in kind of faith.

It is young Samuel at night, when he heard the voice of the Lord. Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:10). He was attentive for the word of the Lord. He was expectant.

It is David at prayer: “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up” (Psalm 5:3). Having directed his prayer to the Lord, he waits in anticipation for the answer.

It is the pilgrim in Psalm 84 as he pours out his heart: “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (v. 2). His whole being is fixed on the Lord. Nothing else will do; nothing else will even come close.

It is the watchfulness of Habakkuk: “I will stand watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me” (Habakkuk 2:1).

When our trust and expectation are fully set on the Lord, there is a great strength that comes. We mount with wings like eagles to soar high above whatever may be pressing in. There is steadiness for the daily walk and endurance for the long run. For the Lord is faithful and will always come through.