KEEPING HIS WAYS
Ps 37:34: Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land.
When waiting on God, I need to be very careful that I keep His ways; out of these I never can expect to find Him: Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember Thee in Thy ways [Isa 64:5 ASV]. He is always most surely to be found, though, by the soul who walks in His ways (a heart that is consumed with a deep longing to live its everyday life in a manner that is good and pleasing and acceptable to Him), seeking and patiently waiting on Him. Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee [Ps 37:34].
Wait on the Lord…that has to do with worship and disposition; keep His ways…that has to do with walk and work. My inner life of waiting on the Lord in worship and disposition must be the inspiration and strength of my outer life of walk and work; my manner of living during the course of my everyday life must reflect and be in harmony with the inner attitude of my heart of waiting on the Lord in worship and surrender. My surrender to a full obedience to all His will is the secret of full access to all the blessings of His fellowship. I need only do what God asks me to do; God will do more than I can ask…or even think of asking…Him to do. Do not give way to the fear: I do not have the strength to keep all His ways. It is this will rob me of every confidence. However weak I feel, I am to keep carefully those for which I have received strength already, and surrender myself willingly and trustingly to keep all His ways…willing to cooperate with the grace and strength He gives me to respond to His Holy Spirit…and He who has worked in me to be willing in the first place will also work in me the strength to do by His mighty power at work in me. I need only just let my heart be consumed with a deep longing to live my everyday life keeping all His ways…as I know them in His Word; as nature teaches them, in always doing what appears to be right; as Providence points them out; as the Holy Spirit suggests to me. He Himself will be ALL and do ALL in me; my responsibility is to actively cooperate with the grace He gives me, and to actively respond to His Holy Spirit who is at work in me.
My failure has been owing to only one thing: I sought to conquer and obey in my own strength. I must believe that in myself, and all that nature can do, there is no true power; God alone can work anything that is good. The very starting point and groundwork of waiting on God is the realization of my utter and absolute impotence to do anything good or pleasing or acceptable to my Father by my own will or in my own strength. I need only come with everything evil I feel in myself, every memory of unwillingness, unwatchfulness, unfaithfulness, and all that causes such unceasing self-condemnation. I need only put my power in God’s Omnipotence, and find in waiting on God my deliverance. I need only be content to receive from God each moment the inworking of His mighty grace and life, and waiting on God will become the renewal of my strength to run in His ways and not be weary, to walk in His paths and never faint! “Wait on the Lord, and keep His ways” will be both command and promise in one!
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!