THE GOD OF OUR SALVATION
Ps 62:1: My soul waiteth only upon [is silent unto] God: from Him cometh my salvation.
Since salvation indeed comes from God, and is entirely His work, just as our creation was, it follows, as a matter of course, that my first and highest duty is to wait on Him to do that work in me which pleases Him. All that the Church needs, as well as each of its individual members, for the manifestation of the Mighty Power of God in our lives and in the world, is the return to our true place, the place that belongs to us both in creation and redemption, the place of absolute and unceasing dependence upon God. All the difficulties that are brought forward as keeping us back from full salvation have their cause in this one thing: the defective knowledge and practice of waiting upon God.
My great need is to cultivate this grace and, at any price, learn its blessed secret. God, as Creator, formed man, to be a vessel in which He could show forth His Power and Goodness. Man was not to have in himself a fountain of life, or strength, or happiness: the ever-living and only Living One was each moment to be the Communicator to him of all that he needed. Man’s glory and blessedness was not to be independent, or dependent upon himself, but dependent on a God of such infinite riches and love, and to have the joy of receiving every moment out of the fullness of God the riches of His grace. After man’s fall, there was not the slightest hope of His recovery out of His state of death, but in God, His Power, and His Mercy. It is God alone Who began the work of redemption; it is God alone Who continues and carries it on each moment in each individual believer. Even in the regenerate man there is no power of goodness in himself; I have and can have nothing that I do not each moment receive. Waiting on God is just as indispensable, and must be just as continuous and unbroken, as the breathing that maintains my natural life.
My one great need is to realize in the depths of my being my absolute poverty and helplessness, my absolute and unceasing dependence upon God, the unspeakable blessedness of continual waiting upon God to be ALL and to do ALL in me. Waiting on God then becomes my highest hope and joy, as I look to receive each moment what God, by His Holy Spirit, each moment works. If only I would take time to learn and more fully apprehend how God, as God, as Infinite Love, delights to impart His own Nature to His child as fully as He can, how God is not weary of each moment keeping charge of my life and strength, how all that I would ever need or want or desire comes from waiting upon Him! It is the ascribing to Him the glory of being ALL; it is the experiencing that He is indeed ALL to me. God unceasingly giving and working; His child unceasingly waiting and receiving; this is the blessed life!
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!