Ps 145:14-15: The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon You, Lord; and You givest them their meat in due season.

There is nothing more noble or more blessed in the exercise of my free will than to use it in waiting upon my God. There is nothing so needful as to cultivate that spirit of my day by day child-like dependence on God, and of confidence in Him, which waits upon God, and refuses to go on without the necessary supply of grace and strength. Prayer, and waiting upon God, are two different things. In praying, oftentimes I am occupied only with myself…with my own needs, and my own efforts in the presentation of them; there may be very little of waiting upon God. In waiting upon God, my first thought and entire focus is of the God upon whom I wait. I just enter His Presence, and feel I need just to be quiet before Him, so that He, as God, can overshadow me with Himself. Waiting on God must become the very breath of my life in God, whereas prayer is just one aspect of that life. It is specially at the time of prayer, though, that I need to be mindful of waiting upon God…that I ought to bow quietly before God, just to remember and realize Who He is, how near He is, how certainly He can and will help. I need only just be still before Him, and allow His Holy Spirit to awaken and stir up in my soul the child-like disposition of absolute dependence and confident expectation. I need only wait upon God as a Living Being, as the Living God, Who notices me, and is just longing to fill me with His salvation. I must wait upon God until I know I have met Him; prayer will then become so different! When I am praying, there needs to be intervals of silence, reverent stillness of soul, in which I yield myself to God, in case He may have anything whatever He wishes to teach me or to work in me. Waiting on Him will become the most blessed part of prayer; waiting on Him should be the honour I give Him. I must learn to say of every want, and every failure, and every lack of needful grace: I have waited too little upon God, or He would have given me in due season ALL I needed.

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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