THE KEYNOTE OF LIFE
Gen 49:18: I have waited for Your salvation, O LORD.
Jehovah, the Everlasting God, will show in me what His saving power is and does. There is no salvation but God’s salvation, and waiting on God for that, whether for my personal experience, or in wider circles, is my first duty, my true blessedness. My heart is the scene of a Divine operation more wonderful than Creation. God has wrought for me in Christ an inconceivably glorious salvation, which He is now purposing to work out and perfect in me by His Holy Spirit. My every participation in this great salvation, from moment to moment, must be the work of God Himself. God cannot part with His grace, or goodness, or strength, as an external thing that He gives me, as He gives the raindrops from Heaven. No…He can only give it, and I can only enjoy it, as He Himself works it directly and unceasingly in me. And the only reason He does not work it more effectually and continuously is that I hinder Him by my own indifference, my self-effort, my lack of cooperation with His grace, and my lack of response to His Holy Spirit.
Waiting on God, waiting for His salvation, is my response to what He asks of me in the way of surrender, obedience, desire and trust. It combines the deep sense of my own entire helplessness to work what is Divinely good or pleasing or acceptable, and my perfect confidence that my God will work it all in me in His Divine Power. I can do as little toward this work as toward creating the world, except as God works in me both to will and to do. God only asks of me to yield, to consent, to wait upon Him, and He will do it all. There can be no good but what God works; to wait upon God, and have my heart filled with faith in His working, and in that faith to pray for His Mighty Power to come down, is my only wisdom.
My public and private prayer are my chief expression of my relation to God…it is in them especially that my waiting upon God must be exercised. If my waiting begins by quieting the activities of life and nature and being still before God; if it bows and seeks to see God in His universal and Almighty operation, alone able and always ready to work all good; if it yields itself to Him in the assurance that He is working and will work ALL in me; if it maintains the place of humility and stillness, and surrenders until God’s Spirit has quickened the faith that He will indeed perfect His work; it will indeed become the strength and the joy of my soul. I need only just let the deep blessed background of all my praying and working be, “Truly my soul waiteth upon God; I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord.”
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!