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Worship & Waiting - Feb 23, 2021
There are occasions in life that drive us to look for sources of assistance and aid outside of own ability. There are moments in life that bring us face to face with human limitations no matter our station or standing.
It was in just this sort of moment that the psalmist turned his attention toward God.
The psalmist begins be declaring that he lifted his soul toward God and put his trust in God. But before asking God to intervene in any way with the condition of need that he faced, the psalmist begins his engagement with God in an expression of worship. If we are not mindful of our need to worship God, we may skip worship and be moved to bring our petition to a God and never stop to take time to worship.
Worship should always be our entry point with God, the time we take to acknowledge him for who he is--not what he does.
Worship reminds us that God makes us a relational being in order to enjoy a relationship with him designed to last an eternity. The season of Lent slows us down from the hectic pace of life that can makes us seekers of benefits without ever fully knowing the security of being sons and daughters of God.
When we understand and value our positions as sons and daughters of God, we know there will be times we will have to wait on God to act. Waiting is not a pacifying act. According to the psalmist, waiting is a militant act that is bold enough to believe that God will act in our favor at the right time.
No one knows for sure how long the current pandemic will last. But while it lasts, we are to worship, to wait and to work with the conviction that God will not put us to shame. He will vindicate our trust in him.
In the words of the old timers, he may not come when you want but whenever he comes, he is always on time.