Twenty-Two

ITS CERTAINTY OF BLESSING

Isa 49:23: Thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for none shall be ashamed that wait for Me. Isa 30:18: Blessed indeed are all they that wait for Him. Ps 33:20-21: My soul waiteth for the LORD: He is my help and my shield. My heart shall rejoice in Him, for I have trusted in His Holy Name.

God Himself has promised: “They shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.” Waiting on God most assuredly can never be in vain. My blessed waiting upon Him must and can be the very breath of my life, a continuous resting in God’s Presence and His Love, an unceasing yielding of myself for Him to perfect His work in me. In His promises, the Living God has bound Himself to me. He calls me to wait upon Him. He assures me that I shall not be put to shame; that He will indeed reveal Himself in His hidden Glory. Oh that my heart might learn to wait before Him, until He reveals to me what His promises mean, and in His promises reveals Himself in His Hidden Glory! “My soul waiteth for the Lord: He is my help and my shield.”

The concept of Who God is in my mind is not the measure of my faith or power. No…it is what I really know of God in my personal experience…conquering the enemies within, reigning and ruling, revealing Himself in His Holiness and Power in my inmost being… it is this will be the real measure of the spiritual blessing I expect from Him, and bring to my fellowmen. It is as I know how blessed the waiting on God has become to my own soul, that I shall confidently hope in the blessing to come on the people and the Church around me. From what He has done in me, I shall trust Him to do mighty things around me.

I am to embrace this truth, and allow it to get full possession of my soul: that waiting on God is itself the highest privilege of the creature, the highest blessedness of His redeemed child. The promised blessing may tarry; even so, the unutterable blessedness of knowing and having Him Who has promised, the Divine Blesser, the Living Fountain of the coming blessings, is even now mine. The Everlasting God meets, in the greatness and the tenderness of His Love, each waiting child, to shine in his heart “the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” I need only just bow in emptiness and poverty and utter impotence, in humiliation and meekness, and surrender to His will before His great Glory, and be still. As I wait on Him, God draws nigh. He will reveal Himself as the God Who will fulfill mightily His every promise. And I am simply to let my heart take up the song, “Blessed are all they that wait on Him.”

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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