The Requirements of Waiting

  • July 21, 2019
Sunday 21

Psalm 27:1-14

Waiting on the Lord sounds easy—we simply pray and watch for His answer, right? The truth is that believers who desperately want to see a need met often find the process unbearable. The next time God says to wait, remember these requirements for keeping a steady vigil until He answers:

Waiting on God requires faith in Him. Walking by faith means trusting in God even without knowing when or how He will resolve the situation. And faith cannot function without humility. Instead of demanding that God intervene as we desire, we should trust in His way and timing.

We must submit to the Lord, knowing there is nothing we can do except rest in Him. We are far safer in accepting our helpless condition than in figuring out our own solution. Trying to manipulate our circumstances is a demonstration of prideful self-reliance, not humble submission.

We need patience. This isn’t an inborn trait; rather, it’s fruit of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who can give us calmness in the midst of a difficult situation. Patience is laid on a foundation of trust in God’s character, purpose, and ways.

Waiting takes courage. Friends and colleagues will freely offer advice about our situation, but we must bravely wait when others say it is time to move. Fear of criticism is often the catalyst for taking matters into our own hands rather than trusting in God’s timing.

Praying when we’d rather take action is difficult, but waiting faithfully, submissively, patiently, and courageously brings blessings that demonstrate the faithfulness and goodness of God.

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1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.

4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.

8 When You said, Seek My face," my heart said to You, Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."

9 Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!

10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.

12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.

13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

1 I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers."

2 I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: `Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.'

3 I have taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet, How can I dirty them again?

4 My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my feelings were aroused for him.

5 I arose to open to my beloved; And my hands dripped with myrrh, And my fingers with liquid myrrh, On the handles of the bolt.

6 I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had turned away and had gone! My heart went out to him as he spoke. I searched for him but I did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.

7 The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.

8 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, As to what you will tell him: For I am lovesick."

9 What kind of beloved is your beloved, O most beautiful among women? What kind of beloved is your beloved, That thus you adjure us?"

10 My beloved is dazzling and ruddy, Outstanding among ten thousand.

11 His head is like gold, pure gold; His locks are like clusters of dates And black as a raven.

12 His eyes are like doves Beside streams of water, Bathed in milk, And reposed in their setting.

13 His cheeks are like a bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scented herbs; His lips are lilies Dripping with liquid myrrh.

14 His hands are rods of gold Set with beryl; His abdomen is carved ivory Inlaid with sapphires.

15 His legs are pillars of alabaster Set on pedestals of pure gold; His appearance is like Lebanon Choice as the cedars.

16 His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."

1 Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, That we may seek him with you?"

2 My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.

3 I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies."

4 You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, As lovely as Jerusalem, As awesome as an army with banners.

5 Turn your eyes away from me, For they have confused me; Your hair is like a flock of goats That have descended from Gilead.

6 Your teeth are like a flock of ewes Which have come up from their washing, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.

7 Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.

8 There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, And maidens without number;

9 But my dove, my perfect one, is unique: She is her mother's only daughter; She is the pure child of the one who bore her. The maidens saw her and called her blessed, The queens and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,

10 Who is this that grows like the dawn, As beautiful as the full moon, As pure as the sun, As awesome as an army with banners?'

11 I went down to the orchard of nut trees To see the blossoms of the valley, To see whether the vine had budded Or the pomegranates had bloomed.

12 Before I was aware, my soul set me Over the chariots of my noble people."

13 Come back, come back, O Shulammite; Come back, come back, that we may gaze at you!" Why should you gaze at the Shulammite, As at the dance of the two companies?

1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince's daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, The work of the hands of an artist.

2 Your navel is like a round goblet Which never lacks mixed wine; Your belly is like a heap of wheat Fenced about with lilies.

3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle.

4 Your neck is like a tower of ivory, Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon By the gate of Bath-rabbim; Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon, Which faces toward Damascus.

5 Your head crowns you like Carmel, And the flowing locks of your head are like purple threads; The king is captivated by your tresses.

6 How beautiful and how delightful you are, My love, with all your charms!

7 Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters.

8 I said, `I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.' Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples,

9 And your mouth like the best wine!" It goes down smoothly for my beloved, Flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep.

10 I am my beloved's, And his desire is for me.

11 Come, my beloved, let us go out into the country, Let us spend the night in the villages.

12 Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.

13 The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all choice fruits, Both new and old, Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.

1 Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either.

2 I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.

3 Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me."

4 I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."

5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?" Beneath the apple tree I awakened you; There your mother was in labor with you, There she was in labor and gave you birth.

6 Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD.

7 Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised."

8 We have a little sister, And she has no breasts; What shall we do for our sister On the day when she is spoken for?

9 If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar."

10 I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each one was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.

12 My very own vineyard is at my disposal; The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, And two hundred are for those who take care of its fruit."

13 O you who sit in the gardens, My companions are listening for your voice-- Let me hear it!"

14 Hurry, my beloved, And be like a gazelle or a young stag On the mountains of spices."

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