Scripture references – Psalm 62.1-2, John 17.24, 1 Peter 3.3-4, Romans 7.22, 2 Corinthians 4.16, Colossians 3.1-3, Psalm 84.5-7
Have you ever had to wait a long time for someone or something? Maybe they were supposed to collect you from somewhere and they were late, or maybe you knew something spectacular was coming in your future and you had to wait for it. We all go through those same phases of waiting, don’t we; first we are excited for what is to come, so waiting is not a big deal, then later we despair as if nobody has ever waited this long for anything in the history of the world and we want to quit, then we get a second wind and the waiting is replaced with excitement of the coming joy. Waiting on something that is worth it is always worth it!
‘I Will Wait For You’ borrows heavily, as you may have guessed, from Psalm 130. The first verse is essentially the first stanza of the Psalm, and speaks to the merciful nature of our great God,
Out of the depths I cry to You
In darkest places I will call
Incline Your ear to me anew
And hear my cry for mercy Lord
Were You to count my sinful ways
How could I come before Your throne
Yet full forgiveness meets my gaze
I stand redeemed by grace alone
The Psalmist is so right, if God were to count our sinful ways, how could we ever get to Him? We can never work our way to God, He is the epitome of holiness and righteousness, He IS holiness and righteousness, and, simply, we are not. Our natural human self is always bent towards the sinful choice. We stand redeemed by grace alone (Ephesians 2.1-10).
The chorus echoes a wonderful truth, the Word of God can change us from the inside out, giving us a new heart, a new nature, a renewed spirit,
I will wait for You, I will wait for You
On Your word I will rely
I will wait for You, surely wait for You
Till my soul is satisfied
In the book of James we read that the Word of God has the power to save our souls, and on this we should rely. We wait for God no matter the eternal circumstances, knowing that He is the God of our past, our present, and our future, and that He has already worked out the situation you find yourself in, for your ultimate good (Romans 8.28-30).
So today, no matter the external circumstances, wait on the Lord, trust in His Word and rely on nothing else, and know that He has already worked it out, for your good.