Fourteen

THE WAY TO THE NEW SONG

Ps 40:1-3: I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.

True patience is so foreign to my self-confident nature, yet so indispensable in my waiting upon God and such an essential element of true faith. In waiting on God, it is of infinite consequence that I submit because I lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of my Blessed Father. It is my highest blessedness and the highest grace, honoring God by submitting to His timing in having His way with me. It is the highest expression of my faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings my soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the token of my full consent that God should deal with me in such a way and time as He thinks best.

True patience is the losing of my self-will in His perfect will. Truly waiting upon God embraces a great stillness of soul before God that sinks into its own helplessness and waits for Him to reveal Himself; a deep humility that is afraid to let own will or own strength work aught except as God works to will and to do; a meekness that is content to know nothing except as God gives His light; an entire resignation of the will that only wants to be a vessel in which His Holy will can move and mould. True patience is a very special grace: Col 1:11: Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. It is God revealing Himself in me as my life and strength that will enable me with perfect patience to leave all in His hands.

I need not fear if I lack this patience; it is in the course of my feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself by His hidden power strengthens me and works out in me the patience of the saints, the patience of Christ Himself. Into the patience with which I am to wait on God, He Himself will guide me. O my soul!…be not impatient, whether it be in the exercise of prayer and worship that I find it difficult to wait, or in the delay in respect of definite requests, or in the fulfilling of my heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life within me. Fear not, but rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. I will learn true patience when: I admit that in my own strength I am hopelessly helpless to know anything of a spiritual nature, or to do anything that is good or pleasing or acceptable to my Father; I learn to walk by faith… that God is indeed working in me both to will and to do…rather than by my responding to, or reacting to, what I can see or feel. Patient waiting upon God brings a rich reward; the deliverance is sure; God Himself will put a new song in my mouth!

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!

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