TO KNOW HIS GOODNESS
Lam 3:25-26: The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Ps 31:19: Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that bow before Thee in holy reverence, with an awe-filled regard and with the utmost reverence and respect; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men! Ps 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him!
Here is now the true way of entering into and rejoicing in this goodness of God… waiting upon Him. The Lord is Good, and as I persevere in waiting…all those whose souls do wait…it will be seen as true. The truly waiting ones will all have to say, “The Lord is good to them that wait for Him.” If I am to fully know the goodness of God, I need only just give myself more than ever to a life of waiting on Him.
Oftentimes in my waiting upon Him, I am seeking only His gifts; He, the Giver, longs rather to give Himself and to satisfy my soul with His Goodness alone. He is all the time seeking to win the heart of His child for Himself, such that long before any gift is given, and even if it never comes, I am all the time acknowledging His Goodness in a continual worship of faith, continually adoring Him and trusting His Goodness: it is good that a man should quietly wait; “The Lord is good to them that wait for Him.”
What a blessed life the life of waiting then becomes, the continual worship of faith, adoring and trusting His Goodness! As my soul learns its secret, every act or exercise of waiting just becomes a quiet entering into the Goodness of God, to let it do its blessed work and satisfy my every need. Instead of taking refuge in Him only in time of trouble or need, there comes a great longing to wait continually and all the day. And however duties and engagements occupy my time and my mind, my soul gets more familiar with the secret art of always waiting. Waiting becomes the habit and disposition…the very second nature and breath…of my soul.
Waiting on God is not merely one among a number of Christian virtues, to be thought of from time to time; no…it expresses that very habit and disposition of my soul which lies at the very root of the Christian life. It gives a higher value and a new power to my prayer and worship, to my faith and surrender, to my unbroken enjoyment of the Goodness of God, because it links me, in unalterable dependence, to God Himself. What my relationship with God needs is…more of the personal intimate experience of God Himself. I get too much knowledge about God from the teaching of men, and too little knowledge of God through personal experience with Him! I am oftentimes much too occupied with my work, whether ministry or secular, and thus the very work I am engaged in separates me from a deeper, more intimate personal relationship with God. The truth is, the more work engaging me, the more need of my waiting upon God! Then the doing of God’s will, instead of exhausting, would be my meet and drink, my nourishment and refreshment and strength!
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!