WORSHIPFUL WAITING // DECEMBER 8, 2023
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
David wrote this Psalm after years of worshipful waiting. He knew God had called him to be king, but the journey from the field to the palace was years in the making. He could have taken his position by force many times, but instead, he worshiped and waited, believing God's timing was best.
Waiting is a part of life in a finite world. David reigned for 30 years as king but waited 15-20 years from the time he was anointed. Joseph had a promise from God, and it took 13 years; Abraham's promise took 25 years; Moses took 40 years; and Jesus 30 years. In the waiting, God can build us up: our faith, our character, the people around us called to support the dream. David may have been anointed as a boy, but after, he had spears thrown at him, had to flee, act crazy to survive and lose everything. Yet David worshiped God. How we wait shapes the people we become.
What promise are you waiting on? Take a queue from David, and praise while you wait! In worship, we gain a God-perspective that helps us persevere with patience and hope. When the waiting is over, we'll worship the one who fulfills our expectations beyond what we could imagine. It becomes easier when we stop worrying and start worshiping.