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Sunday, September 30, 2012

One Two Three

I waited patiently for the LORD,
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1
Do you remember the old Tootsie Roll commercial?  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?  In the commercial the old wise owl decided to try.  He was not patient and bit the pop after three licks.  I find I tend to be like the old wise owl in eating Tootsie Rolls and in life.  I do hate to wait.  We live in a instant word.  We can communicate with a few clicks on our phone.  We need an answer to a question and Google is a few seconds away.  I remember when you had to be at home to talk on the phone or if you needed a question answered you went to the library to use an encyclopedia.  Not today.  Today we get impatient if the Internet takes more than a few seconds to load. 

I believe it is our fleshly nature to want things quickly and the world we live in feeds that desire.  Maybe that is one reason Psalm 40 is so difficult for us.  Do you see in the first sentence two key words?  Waited patiently!  Yup, that's them. 

I wonder what character traits would you have to know in a person before you could trust them enough to wait patiently for them.  If your spouse promised you a trip or an elaborate gift could you wait patiently for them to bring that promise into reality?  Would you need a date or proof that they would follow through? Would the waiting be easier if the person had proven themselves in the past and they were someone you trusted?  Maybe one reason we have difficultly in waiting upon the Lord to fulfill one of His promises is because we don't find Him trustworthy.  Maybe we have never proven His trust in the past.  Maybe walking by faith is a foreign concept to us.

Let’s consider the life of the Lord Jesus. Can you think of a time that Jesus was ever impatient? Can you think of a time grumbling ever escaped His lips? Jesus experienced incredible agony in the garden. He experienced a trial of cruel beatings, humiliation, and mocking. He endured a painful death upon the cross. His very own followers (close friends) forsake Him, yet no words of vengeance escaped His lips. He is the patient Lamb of God. We are to follow His example. (Phil 2:1-8) Jesus knew the character of the Father and was able to trust and wait patiently for His will to be fulfilled. He knew the joy that was awaiting Him and was willing to endure the hardship of the cross, despising the shame (Hebrew 12:1-2). His joy was the accomplishment of the Father’s will and being exalted to sit at the right hand of the Father. Knowing the Father’s heart is love for us, we should be able to trust Him enough to wait patiently for Him.

Look at the second sentence...And He inclined to me.  The word inclined means, "turn to me".  Do you get that?  When we wait patiently for the LORD, He turns to us.  The God of heaven, the Creator Himself, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ turns to us.  Wow!  God's presence in our life really should be enough to sustain our life, joy, and peace. 

Yet I see one qualification in sentence three.  "God turns to me and He hears my cry."  Do you see it?  We must cry out to God.  This at times is just as difficult as waiting.  Not only do we want things right now we also want to do it ourselves.  God calls us to humility and dependence.  We are to live a life depending and trusting Him for our daily needs.  It takes faith to cry out and it takes faith to wait.  But what an awesome promise that when we do - the very presence of God comes to us.  But that is not all He does...more blogs to follow on verse 2 and 3!

Can you trust God enough to wait patiently for Him?


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