“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. … I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope” (Psalm 130:1, 5 NKJV).
No one likes to wait. We live in a world that works to remove our waiting. Technology has created a world where nearly everything is available instantly. We especially do not like to wait when we find ourselves in difficult situations. We want a response, so we can remove ourselves from our current distress and hardship.
The psalmist found himself in the depths. He responded to the reality of his circumstances by crying out to God, pleading with God to hear his cry. If you read the rest of the psalm, it concludes not with God’s answer but with the psalmist’s waiting and hoping, with his articulation that God will redeem His people.
Do we have the patience to wait for God’s word? “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.”
We often treat God like we do our instant world. We expect Him to respond to us quickly, and if He doesn’t, we find ourselves frustrated and annoyed, especially when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances. The reality is that we treat God as one who stands ready to do our bidding, get us out of difficult circumstances, and do what we call upon Him to do.
The psalmist didn’t look at his relationship with God in that manner. Rather, he recognized that he stood in need of God. God was the superior one in the relationship; therefore, he would patiently wait for Him. This psalm is an incredible proclamation of faith. Finding himself in the depths, the psalmist cries out to God and willingly waits for His word, which he knows will eventually come.
Do we have the patience to wait for God? God works even in the waiting. Our trust in Him is refined in our crying out to Him and in our waiting.
In this way, biblical faith is diametrically opposed to the world we live in today, even within the Church. But God hasn’t changed. Let’s seek to patiently and confidently wait for His word. He will answer our cries.
Father, we wait for You. Regardless of situation or circumstance, our hope is in You. Amen.