A major goal of mine in 2016 is reading the entire bible in a year. I am super excited to accomplish this goal and to learn more about the bible and God. Over the last couple of years my hunger for the word has increased dramatically. I have seen so much growth and depth within myself as a result of being immersed in the word.
In Psalms, the reader experiences the depth of King David’s heart (called a man after Gods own heart) poured out with no limitations before the Lord. I love that about David. The 5th chapter of Psalms contained many wonderful phrases that spoke to me. However, I want to focus on two words that gripped my attention.
Psalm 5:3 – “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my request to you and wait expectantly.”
What a beautiful picture of what it can look like to wait well. We are all waiting for something. It could be that you are waiting for the perfect man, college education, dream job, financial provision, salvation in your family or work place. The list goes on.
How do we respond during our “wait”? Some say they soar through the waiting seasons not really feeling the angst of it. Others say that the days feel like years and the minutes feel like hours. What I love about the phrase “wait expectantly” is that it’s a two fold reaction. Personally, I believe “waiting” is a state of mind and “expectant” is a state of being. They go hand in hand.
If you read Psalms you will see David express time and time again that “he waits upon the Lord.” How well do we “wait upon the Lord?” or how often do we wait with an expectant heart and mind? In our waiting do we try to take over the situation, makes things happen for ourselves, or drive ourselves into an emotional basket case? Or do we wait expectantly knowing that God will provide and fulfill his promises to us?
The word says that 1000 years is like a day and a day is like a 1000 years to the Lord. This can be daunting if we focus on how much we have to wait. Or it can be freeing if we know that God knows the beginning from the end and already has it planned out.
As I mentioned earlier, “expectant” is a state of being. When David was crying out to God, I imagine he was expectant that God would hear and answer him. David wasn’t pleading for God’s attention. He was boldly speaking from a place of trust and faith in God. Not only that, but I believe there was an element of excitement in considering God’s response. To be expectant is to be excited. I imagine there was a sense of excitement in his heart as he laid all his emotions before a loving God, who he knew would show Himself faithful.
Do we come to God with an expectant heart? Do we lay all of our emotions, frustrations and fears at the foot of the cross EXPECTANT that God will answer our prayers and hear our needs?
In this season I am choosing to wait expectantly on the Lord. I can honestly say I have a sense of excitement in my heart for what God is going to do in this next season. It’s empowering to wait with excitement and anticipation for what’s to come. We will always be waiting on the Lord. So we better get going with keeping an expectant heart and perspective!
Speak out what you are believing for God to do in your life. Thank God in advance for what He is going to do and how He is going to provide. This builds faith and expectancy, while you wait for God to move. Our words create the world we live in, so if we want to see things come to pass our words need to reflect that!
I want to encourage you to choose to wait expectantly regardless of your season. Wait with a heart that has faith and excitement that God will come through.
It’s only a matter of time.