Read: Psalm 62:5
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
Reflect: Much of prayer has to do with waiting. Oh boy we hate to wait, don’t we? We are not the waiting generation. We are the now generation. The only problem with that is God often asks us to wait and it flies in the face of all we are told in our world today. Later is not better, now is better. Faster is better, slower is not. Waiting in the economy of God is crucial for growth, but in our world’s mind it is a total waste of time. When we come and lay out our hearts before God, He hears us, but He certainly doesn’t always act right away.
David, who wrote this Psalm was very familiar with waiting. He was anointed King over Israel while Israel still had King Saul. He spent several years waiting, some of it in caves. Later in his life he fled from his son, Absalom, who attempted to take his throne. It was likely during this time he wrote this Psalm. Again he was waiting for God to move. You have been there, haven’t you, in desperate need and crying out to God and He asks you to be still and wait? It is very difficult to do, but after a lifetime of waiting David wrote in verses 1-2 of this Psalm;
My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
There is such an important lesson found in these short verses. Wait because there is really nowhere else to go. Wait because God is your only hope. Wait because He saved you and you can be sure He wouldn’t have done that just to abandon you. Waiting declares “You are my rock and my salvation, my stronghold” so there is no reason to go anywhere. Be still and wait, but pray and keep praying, ask and keep asking. He hasn’t abandon you. He cannot, He promised He wouldn’t. Don’t run out and try to fix what you broke on your own power. Trust Him. Wait.
Micah 7:7 says, “Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: My God will hear me…” He has heard you, now wait and don’t see waiting as a waste. It isn’t; it is in fact very empowering to wait. Especially when God shows up!
“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” – Isaiah 40:31
Father, for many years I have believed that waiting was a waste of time. I can see I need help to rethink this. Teach me Holy Spirit how to wait, not passively but actively. Teach me to wait and pray believing you will come at the right time to rescue me.