Aug 5, 2018
PRAY: Ask the Lord to give you ears to hear from His word and a heart that is moved to action.
READ: Psalm 130
"Just wait a minute!"
How often are we told to wait? And how long must we wait? We wait in the drive-through line. We wait for our kids to put on their shoes. We wait for a doctor's appointment, graduation, a job interview, loan approval, a relationship and a baby. Sometimes we wait a long time.
The psalmist is waiting on the Lord to redeem Israel. It's a long wait. He says his wait for the Lord is "more than watchmen wait for the morning." In the dark of the cool night, the wait for dawn is long. The night is still and time ticks by slowly. It's difficult to stay awake and focused.
What do we do while we wait? Are we anxious and worrying or patient and hopeful? The psalm points us to hope in God's word and tells us to put our hope in the Lord. In doing so, we will find unfailing love and forgiveness of our sin.
"For all have sinned and have fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
1. What are you waiting for?
2. Are you seeking God and putting your hope in His word during the wait?
MEMORIZE: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
1 Out of the depths I call to you, Lord!
2 Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help.
3 Lord, if you kept an account of iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word.
6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning more than watchmen for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord.
For there is faithful love with the Lord, and with him is redemption in abundance.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.