Israel, wait for the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
Once again, Israel was called to wait. Wait on God. Wait on redemption. Wait on restoration. This is one of the Psalms of Ascents that would have been sung as the Israelites made their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts and festivals. Not only were these songs of worship, but words that helped them prepare their own hearts as they made their way.
All of us hate waiting. Waiting often fuels our fears and anxieties as we linger in the unknown. We wait for God to act, we wait for Him to hear us, and we wait to feel like He is near. In our hastiness to see God move or speak in exactly the way we want, we can doubt His character. We may start to see our sin more than we see His forgiveness. But it’s important to remember that we aren’t waiting on all the right circumstances or feelings, we are waiting on the Lord. We are waiting with Him. Waiting with the Lord means we hope in His Word, even when we can’t see clearly.
As these words remind us, God is worth the wait. Only in Him do we find the mercy and abundant redemption that our souls desperately need. Even when we can’t see in the present what He will work in the future, we can trust that our days are secure in Him. Mercy is always waiting. Abundant redemption is always available. Those realities don’t always make the waiting less painful, but they do anchor us in the midst of suffering, failure, uncertainty, and fear.
- Where have you grown impatient with the Lord? What are you tired of waiting on?
- Where is God not only calling you to wait on something, but to wait with Him? Where do you need His mercy? His abundant redemption?
- Spend some time thanking God for the reality that His mercy and redemption never run out. Ask Him for strength in the waiting, and to pull you in close in the process.