I have been able to spend some time with Ian Olsen over the past couple months as he has been a welcomed addition to the Bowen House. One of the ways that me and Ian get to spend some time with one another is our 9:20pm bus stop runs. One thing I have learned in doing this over the past couple months is that waiting for the bus is annoying. You can't ever really know if it is going to be on time. But you can't leave or throw a stink about it cause you are dependent on it to get you to where you need to be.
In this Psalm we step into the process of waiting on God in the midst of our troubles. This process is one that exposes our sin, reveals his goodness, and constantly requires us to answer the question 'do you trust me?'. And just like the bus, I get very antsy and even annoyed when waiting doesn't suit my wants, needs, or expectations. So how do we wait on God?
So for today I am just asking myself questions on v.4-5. Do i trust God enough to wait on him to teach me his ways in the midst of my trials, sufferings, and troubles? Do I trust God enough to lead me in his truth? And when i am uncertain do I wait 'all the day long' for Him?
The Psalm teaches us a few things about waiting on God in our troubles.
First, that those that trust in God and wait on him will not be put to shame and our enemies will no be exulted over us. We must be careful here to not think that we will not be disadvantaged ever in life or that we will certainly see reproof. This is just not true. But we will one day be finally and fully exalted and satisfied.
Second, that our ability to wait and trust is largely a result of our belief in who God is and what he has done. Salvation, deliverance, mercy, and grace are all themes that the Psalmist visits.
Third, that God is always present and always shaping our hearts to trust him more. He wants every inch of our being to worship and trust him.
So when our troubles come. When we must wait for God to act do we put our trust in him? Is he where we hide our fears, concerns, insufficiencies? Are we seeking him, waiting for him, talking to him?
"To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust;"