27These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. 28When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. 29When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. - Psalm 104:28-30
If we are at all what waiting on God is to be to the believer, to practice it and to experience its blessedness, it is of great importance that we begin at the very beginning and see the deep reasonableness of the call that comes to us. We will then understand how the duty is no arbitrary command. We will see how it is not only rendered necessary by our sin and helplessness; it is simply and truly our restoration to our original destiny and our highest nobility, to our true place and glory as people blessedly dependent on the all-glorious God.
Once our eyes are opened to this precious truth, all nature will become a preacher, reminding us of the relationship that, founded in creation, is now taken up in grace. As we read this psalm, and learn to look upon all life in nature as continually maintained by God Himself, waiting on God will be seen to be the very necessity of our being. As we think of the young lions and the ravens crying to Him, of the birds and the fishes and every insect waiting on Him, until He gives them their meat in due season, we will see that it is the very nature and glory of God that He is a God who is to be waited on. Every thought of what nature is, and of what God is, will give new force to the call, “wait thou only upon God” (Psalm 62:5 KJV).
“These wait all for thee, that thou mayest give” (Psalm 104:27 KJV). It is God who gives all: let this faith enter deeply into our hearts. Before we fully understand all that is implied in our waiting upon God, and before we have even been able to cultivate the habit, let the truth enter our souls. Waiting on God, unceasing and entire dependence upon Him, is, in heaven and earth, the only true faith, the one unalterable and all-comprehensive expression for the true relationship to the ever blessed One in whom we live.
Let us resolve at once that it will be the one characteristic of our life and worship, a continual, humble, truthful waiting upon God. We may rest assured that He who made us for Himself, that He might give Himself to us and in us, will never disappoint us. In waiting on Him, we will find rest and joy and strength, and the supply of every need.
- According to the psalmist, why must we be continually waiting on the Lord?
- How does this “waiting on the Lord” look in my life today?
Prayer – Father in heaven and ruler over the universe, You are awesome in majesty! When I think that my whole life has been a time of waiting for Your provision, even when I didn’t know it, it puts everything in perspective. You rule over all! Forgive me, the creature You made, for thinking that somehow I control everything, or anything, in my life. Give me the faith I need to just rest in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.