THE TRUE PLACE OF THE CREATURE
Ps 104:27-28: These wait all upon Thee; that Thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That Thou givest unto them, they gather: Thou openest Thine hand, they are satisfied with good.
This Word sums up the whole relation of all creation to its Creator, and its continuous and universal dependence upon Him…that the whole creation is ruled by the one unalterable law of waiting upon God. Just as much as it was God’s work to create, it is His work to maintain. As little as the creature could create itself, is it left to provide for itself. The one object for which God gave life to creatures was that in them He might prove and show forth His wisdom, power and goodness, in His being each moment their life and happiness, and pouring forth unto them, according to their capacity, the richness of His goodness and power. And just as this is the very place and nature of God, to be unceasingly the One who satisfies every want in the creature, so the very place and nature of the creature is nothing but this…to wait upon God and receive from Him what He alone can give, what He delights to give. My duty to wait upon God is no arbitrary command, rendered necessary simply because of my sin and helplessness. It is simply and truly my restoration to my original destiny and my highest nobility, to my true place and glory as a creature blessedly dependent on the All-Glorious God!
As I meditate on this Psalm, and my eyes are opened to this precious truth, and learn to look upon all life in Nature as continually maintained by God Himself, waiting on God will be seen to be the very necessity of my being. It is the very nature and glory of God that He is a God who is to be waited upon. Every thought of what nature is, and what God is, will give new force to the call…wait thou only upon God. It is God who gives ALL: this faith must enter deeply into my heart. Waiting on God, unceasing and entire dependence upon Him, is, in Heaven and Earth, the one only true religion, the one unalterable and all-comprehensive expression for the true relationship to the Ever-Blessed One in whom I live. I must resolve at once that it shall be the one characteristic of my life and worship…a continual, humble, truthful waiting upon God. I may rest assured that He who made me for Himself, that He might give Himself to me and in me, that He will never disappoint me. In waiting on Him I shall indeed find rest and joy and strength, and the satisfaction of my every need.
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!