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November 15, 1997

Waiting on God

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To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. PSALM 25:1-2
One of the most obvious differences between Saul and David is seen in their respective attitudes toward God. Saul wanted to be king on his own terms and had little patience for waiting on God and God’s timing. David, despite his sins, seemed to understand that life was at its best when he was trusting in God and that trusting in God sometimes meant waiting.
As we go about our daily routines, don’t we often push to do things—and to get things—sooner rather than later? Don’t we often lose sight of the value that can come with waiting?
Certainly there are times to act and act decisively (see Ecclesiastes 3:1). But it is God Who directs the action. If we act without God’s direction, then we act in vain (Psalm 127:1).
To trust in God sometimes means we have to wait. And Psalm 25 shows us that in waiting, we are assured promises of. . .
● Honor: We won’t be put to shame (v. 3).
● Direction: If we ask, God will teach us His ways (v. 5).
● Protection: God will free us from our enemies (v. 15).
● Moral fortitude: “Integrity and uprightness” will protect us (v. 21).
This doesn’t mean life will be easy and trouble-free, but by trusting in God and waiting on Him, we find ourselves equipped to handle whatever troubles come our way.

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