FOR MORE THAN WE KNOW
Ps 39:7-8: And now, Lord, what wait I for? [I scarce know or can tell; this only can I say…] My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions.
God is able to do for me exceedingly abundantly above what I ask or think, and I am in danger of limiting Him when I confine my desires and prayers to my own thoughts of them. I need to confess to God how little I understand what He is willing to do for me, and open my heart before Him to receive from His incomprehensible heart, according to the riches of His Glory, what has not entered the heart of man even to conceive. I need to be careful not to limit God by my conception of what He has promised or is able to do…limiting Him in my thoughts and in my very prayer. The very promises of God I plead have Divine meaning and purposes of blessing, infinitely beyond my feeble thoughts of them. I need only believe that His fulfillment of them can be, in a Power and an abundance of grace, beyond my largest grasp of thought.
Therefore, I am to wait on God not only for what I think I need, but for all His grace and Power are ready to do for me. I need to think of God’s wonderful love and redemption, in the meaning these words must have to Him. I need to confess how little I understand what God is willing to do for me, and say each time as I pray: “And now, what wait I for?” My heart cannot say. God’s heart knows and waits to give. “My hope is in Thee.” I will wait on God to do for me more than I can ask or think.
I am also to apply this to the prayer that follows: “Deliver me from all my transgressions.” I have prayed to be delivered from a particular transgression, but seemingly in vain, and have become greatly discouraged. May it not be that I have had my own thoughts about the way or the extent of God’s doing it, and have never waited on the God of Glory, according to the riches of His Glory, to do for me what has not entered the heart of man to conceive? Even so…I must learn to worship God as the God Who works wonders, Who wishes to prove in me that He can do something supernatural and Divine. I need only bow before Him, and worship, and wait upon Him, until my soul realizes that I am in the hands of a Divine and Almighty worker; I am to expect my deliverance to be something altogether God-like, something to be waited for in deep humility, and received only by His Divine Power. I am to let the “and now, Lord, what wait I for?; my hope is in Thee” become the spirit of my every longing and every prayer. I must leave all in His hands and wait on Him alone; He will in His time do His work. “Wait on the Lord! Be strong, and let my heart take courage! Yea, my soul, wait thou on the Lord.”
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! My soul, wait thou only upon God!