TO REVEAL HIMSELF
Isa 25:9: And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
Christians coming together, ceasing from all human hope and help, with one heart setting themselves to wait for their God…is not this just what we need in our churches and conventions and prayer-meetings; is not a more definite waiting upon God for the supply of His Spirit the needed blessing, the great need of the individual believer? The godly minister has no more difficult, no more solemn, no more blessed task, than to lead his people out to meet God, and, before ever he preaches, to bring each one into contact with Him.
The great aim would be to bring everyone in a praying and worshipping company under a deep sense of God’s Presence: “We are now here in the Presence of God.” These words of Cornelius show the way in which Peter’s audience was prepared for the coming of the Holy Spirit. In our time of worship, what is so desperately needed is that God’s people in their waiting times become so conscious of His Presence that in holy awe souls feel, “Lo, this is our God; this is the Lord,” so that when they part there will be the consciousness of having met God Himself, of having left every request with Him, and of now waiting in stillness while He works out His salvation. There is nothing more needed, nothing we need more desperately to learn, than united waiting on God, with a holy expectation and an excited anticipation, for the Power and the blessing of His Spirit…for apart from Him, we can do nothing. Then when God does indeed reveal Himself in Power, I will be able to say in truth: “I have waited for Him, and He has saved me; this is my Lord…I have waited for Him; I am glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Hallelujah!
It would mean a deeper conviction that God must, God will, do ALL; a more humble and abiding entrance into my deep helplessness, and the need of my entire, unceasing, child-like dependence upon Him; a more living consciousness that the essential thing is for me to give God His place of honour and power; a confident expectation that as I wait on Him, God will, by His Spirit, give me the secret of His acceptance and Presence, and then, in due time, the revelation of His saving power. Waiting before God, and waiting for God, and waiting on God, are the one condition of God showing His Presence.
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!