WAITING IN PRAISE

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Psa. 65:1 ¶ Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;
And to You the vow shall be performed.
Waiting is different for the Christ centered Christian; waiting is part of the enjoyment of our Christian faith. We wait on God and are amazed by all He is and all He does. In Romans 8 in the Message Bible Paul describes the blessing of waiting, “All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”

Preparing for Christmas, waiting for its arrival, is part of the joy and mystery of the season. We anticipate the joy and celebration of the coming of the Lord and are deeply effected by the process. We may be busy with our holiday preparations but inside praise is awaiting our God. Here are some thoughts from Louie Giglio on the blessing of waiting.
“God has no equal. No rivals. No shortages. No needs. He is before all things and at the end of the day He will be the last one standing. The world is filled with “little g” gods, but our God made the heavens and the earth. No one compares to Him. No one even comes close. So as you wait on Him today, give Him praise. Maybe your circumstances appear to be upside down, but His throne is decidedly right-side up! Praise Him in the waiting. Exalt Him in the wondering. So don’t ask for much today, just keep lifting up the Name above every name. Let that Name ground your heart and still your soul. Let your praise drown out all others who contend for your allegiance and affection. When you “do, your very song will lift your thoughts to the very highest place.”
God is so amazing, we struggle to get our eyes off of our circumstances and place them firmly on Him. As we do, our circumstances often change. Christmas is coming, Jesus is coming; let’s enjoy the wait.

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