Waiting on God
“You, God, are my strength”
Today’s readings: 2 Kgs 5:1-15; Ps 42:2-43:4; Luke 4:24-30
God is faithful and God is love. “At dawn may the Lord bestow faithful love that I may sing praise through the night, praise to the God of my life.” (Ps 42:9). This is our most basic and fundamental assurance of His help and care. The psalmist’s profession of faith echoes Lamentations 3:22-23. “The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.” No matter how burdened we are with life, no matter how terrible our day has been, we know that the favors and mercies of the Lord are available with the dawning of each new day. This is what we can look forward to when we sleep, or when we cannot sleep due to our troubles, we can sing praise through the night, because we know that the new day brings new hope.
Realizing then that God can bestow faithful love at dawn, the psalmist asks a pointed question to his inmost being. “Why are you downcast, my soul, why do you groan within me? Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, my savior and my God.” (Ps 42:12). Why be sad? Why groan? God’s deliverance can come at dawn. So just wait for God.
Is it not wonderful that we have a God who really cares, who is really there for us? Can we ever again be really dejected or despairing, knowing that God will not abandon us and will be there for us in every new day?
And when God comes, again, just like the psalmist, I shall praise Him. After all, He is my savior and He is my God.
Reflection/action: Think about the very worst day of your life. Now consider how you survived that crisis. Recognize God’s hand in your deliverance, and thank and praise Him for it.
Prayer: “As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My being thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and see the face of God?” (Ps 42:2-3). Lord, my soul was made to be with you eternally. My very being yearns to be in your presence. I know that someday, if I remain faithful, that I will be with you in your eternal kingdom. But now, while here on earth, I await you each new day as I wake, knowing that your favors and mercies are renewed each morning. Great indeed is your faithfulness, and I will praise you forever. Amen.
God bless you always.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)