Waiting on the Lord
by Mike Cooper
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting. When I was a kid, my parents would buy me and my brother Christmas presents, immediately wrap them, and then place them under the tree far before Christmas day. Every time I walked by the tree it was a reminder that there was something for me, something I wanted, but I had to wait for it. Even now I can’t stand to wait and I feel like we are waiting in every aspect of our lives and in our church right now. Waiting to stop hurting, waiting to figure out how to move forward, waiting for our next lead pastor, waiting for things to get back to normal.
Psalm 33 is an unattributed psalm that begins by addressing the “righteous ones” and “the upright” (v1). The second half of this psalm begins to give us insight into how God works. Verses 13-22 show us that God does not work in light of our plans but rather we must learn to rely on God and place a confident trust in him.
The psalmist reminds us that God’s attention is on those who fear him and hope in his steadfast love. In verse 19, we see that these people are in dire situations. They are facing death and famine, but because they fear God, they have no need to fear anything else. He is the Lord, the Holy One, our help, and our shield. Our hope in his steadfast love is a trust that through Christ, God will deliver us from the pains of death and trouble. Our hope is in Him, in His mercy, not in our own goodness, righteousness, or the best laid plans.
As we are in this season of waiting, let us make it purposeful and full of hope. Let us set our hearts on him and remember that he is faithful. God sees us, He knows us, and he is working on our behalf.
Lord, you are our help and our shield. Give us patience as we wait. Let us rejoice
in your steadfast love, and place our hope in you alone.