As I continued to sit in my bean bag chair with my bible open each morning, I began to see a pattern emerge throughout the Psalms. There is a common theme woven throughout this beautiful book of prayers in relation to the way David and the other psalmists approached God. This theme is evidenced in the verses below.
Psalms 27:14 AMP “Wait for and confidently expect the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the LORD.”
Psalms 130:5 AMP “I wait [patiently] for the LORD, my soul [expectantly] waits, And in His word do I hope.”
Psalms 33:20 AMP “We wait [expectantly] for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.”
As you have just read in the previous three verses, David and the psalmists waited expectantly for God. To wait on the Lord entails a confident expectation and an active hope in Him. As my eyes were opened to this scriptural truth, I began to pray these verses over my life. In doing so, I began to realize that the extent to which we expect God is often the degree to which we will experience Him in our lives. I have seen this principle to be true in my own life. Too often I have missed out on what the Lord is doing in my life because my heart was captivated by the things of the world. God is not hiding from us, rather He is waiting to be seen by us. We will see God clearly at work in our lives when we are expecting Him.
In these times, you may find yourself feeling discouraged and hopeless by these circumstances. Yet, Scripture shows us that we have someone we can put our hope in. Our hearts can take courage because our God is trustworthy and faithful to keep his word. Even further, we can expect His power to be at work in our lives for His promises are not hindered by our circumstances. Throughout the Bible we see how our God was not dictated by circumstances. The Lord has shown His wonderworking power in the wilderness, the desert, and the storms. We can praise Him for His continual presence in our lives and let His faithfulness in the past fuel our confidence
for the future. We can expect God to work even as we find ourselves in unexpected circumstances.
Knowing these truths, I want to challenge you to imitate the same posture as the psalmists in their confident trust in the Lord. Ask the Lord to continue to develop your reliance on Him, and watch and wait for Him to speak to your heart. As you go about your day today, you can rest confidently in the hope that we have in Christ and expect His power and presence in your life today.