WAIT

Psa. 40:1 ¶ I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
From time to time I pull out classic Christian books that effected me in my earliest days as a Christian. One of those books is Waiting on God by Andrew Murray. Murray had a profound understanding of prayer and it seemed to be that the foundation of his revelation was waiting on the Lord. Too often prayer is perceived as us doing something. Many times we tend to think it is our prayer efforts that are important. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prayer is total dependency on God and prayer starts and finishes with waiting. Here are some of Murray’s thoughts on waiting on the Lord.
“In waiting on God it is of infinite consequence that we not only submit, because we are compelled to, but because we lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of our blessed Father. Patience then becomes our highest blessedness and our highest grace. It honors God, and gives Him time to have His way with us. It is the highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the token of our full consent that God should deal with us in such a way and time as He thinks best. True patience is the “losing of our self-will in His perfect will.”
I love this, waiting honors God and focuses on His goodness and faithfulness. As we wait in the presence of our faithful God we know He is good and He is working in all things on our behalf. Anxiousness tends to take matters into its own hands. That leads to frustration and even more anxiety. Waiting on God deepens our faith and puts us in touch with Him which is far better than all answered prayers. Murray continues to speak of the rich reward found in waiting.
“Patient waiting upon God brings a rich reward; the deliverance is sure; God Himself will put a new song into your mouth. O soul! be not impatient, whether it be in the exercise of prayer and worship that you find it difficult to wait, or in the delay in respect of definite requests, or in the fulfilling of your heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life – fear not, but rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”
This new song not only sustains us but it brings great glory to God. David said many would take notice of this song of the Lord and would put their trust in Him.

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