‘I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.’ Psalm 130.6
The way that this verse puts together these two concepts of waiting for the Lord and waiting for the morning says something very powerful and encouraging to us. It speaks about the certainty of the Lord coming to us.
The idea is of a guard on the city wall, waiting for daylight to appear so that the sleeping town can be woken. His duty would entail waiting for the first signs of light to herald the beginning of the dawn – an event that he knew for certain would take place. The encouragement for us is to wait for God in a similar way. If you are seeking God’s help or deliverance in whatever form, then the encouragement is to wait with expectation for the first signs of his touch.
The difference, of course, is that when a watchman waits for the morning he knows exactly when and where the sun will appear. With God we are promised his presence and help, but he is a living God and frequently chooses to surprise us in the way in which his help comes to us. In fact, we often miss his touch which may come in ways we are not expecting (or indeed wanting), but like the watchman, if we can train ourselves to be expectant and look for the first signs of his touch upon whatever we bring to him, we are more likely to see his unfolding hand upon our lives.
‘I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.’ Wait for God’s touch which will come with the certainty of the rising sun.
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