Psalm 130 – The Need to Seek the Lord – Part 2

“I want it, and I want it NOW!” Parents more and more are listening to this from their children. We are living in a “NOW” generation. Everything must happen immediately. The businesses are trying to catch up with this new customer fever, trying to deliver their orders as soon as possible.

In Brazil we have a saying that goes this way: When God wants to make an oak tree it takes 100 years, but when He wants to make a pumpkin it takes just 3 months.” The waiting, that is the biggest challenge for us. We just cannot take it. We want everything now, even if we are not going to get the best thing. We want those things done and resolved right now, not later, not tomorrow, NOW!

The Psalm 130 helps us to have THE RIGHT ATTITUDES. These attitudes should come right after crying to the Lord. That is the second thing that the psalmist mentions here, the attitudes that the person in that situation must have. We find these right attitudes in the verses 5-6a – “[5] I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. [6] My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

            A – Wait for the Lord – The first attitude is to wait for the Lord. That is the biggest challenge for us nowadays. The psalmist is telling us that if we are serious in seeking the Lord, we should wait for His answer, and not only that, we should wait for His action. God is the only one who can deal with our situation. We should wait on Him to come and transform us.

            B – Hope in His Word – The second attitude is to hope in His Word. Our hope is not based in our wishful thinking; we hope in His Word. God will not do what He did not promise in His Word. The waiting does not mean that we gave up, or we think that God is not going to do anything that we are asking. It means that we know His Word and through that we know that God is the one who controls the time and circumstances. We will wait because we know that God is God, and He is sitting on the Throne governing not only our affairs, but the whole world. Our hope is in His Word and His promises.

            C – Wait with Desire – Finally, our wait is a wait with desire to see our hope fulfilled.When I was young, I had a hard time understanding this text: [6] My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Until I served in the Army and had to stay up guarding the gates all night long until the morning. That expectation has to happen with an intense desire; like the watchman waits for the morning. 

My friend, we all need to seek the Lord, but after we do that our next step is waiting, knowing and trusting that He is a good and powerful God and that in the right time, His time, He will act.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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