Scripture

 

Vs 2 O Lord hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive
vs 4 … with you there is forgiveness,

Vs 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
vs 6 my soul waits for the Lord

Vs 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.

Vs 8 And he will redeem Israel

 

Observation

 

The psalmist is in a lonely place … a place of waiting.
But the psalmist wants attention from One in particular … the LORD

“Let your ears be attentive”

 

The psalmist knows that what he is waiting for and wanting, only the LORD can give

“with You is forgiveness”

“with the LORD there is steadfast love”

“with Him is plentiful redemption”

 

And while the psalmist is lonely and waiting … he is also hopeful.

He knows the promise of the LORD

“He will redeem Israel”

 

Application

 

I read these words of the psalmist and am filled with gratitude for the time God has graced me to live in!

 

I am blessed to not have to live in a time of “waiting”.

I do not have to say, “He will redeem Israel”.

God has already done it in Jesus … “It is finished!”

 

I do not have faith is an unfulfilled promise.

My faith is in a fact of history … an action already taken by God!

 

So the question becomes, “Do I live like this is true?”

Do I live in the confidence of a completed work of God?

Or do live “waiting”?

 

Any waiting I have is not for the coming of the LORD … but the Second coming of the LORD?

My waiting is not for forgiveness or redemption of my soul as the psalmist’s was.

My waiting now is for the return of the King and His redemption of all creation.

 

But, again, do I live this?

I can lament and be sorrowful for the conditions and circumstances of the world and society around me.

But I must be rejoicing for the conditions and circumstances of my soul … forgiven and redeemed!

As Paul says, he is “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”.

 

Prayer

 

Thank you, again, God, for Your Word

It is a Truth I am graced to live in now

Help me live it faithfully

In Jesus name

Amen