Clap your hands, children of the Most High God! Shout triumphant cries of joy and resounding praises to our God! Stand in awe of the Lord Most High, Sovereign All-Ruler over all the Earth! Sing praises to our God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For our God is King over all the Earth; I sing to You a psalm of praise, Lord God Almighty! [Ps 47:1-9]
I stand in awe of the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Who came into this world clothed in meekness, lowliness and humility; You loved me with an everlasting love, and You voluntarily lay down Your life for me, even unto death. You stretched out Your arms on a cross on my behalf, and declared, “It is finished.” [John 1:29; 10:17-18; 19:30]
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted. For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. [Lam 3:26; Isa 7:4; Isa 30:15]
My beloved child…if you are to have your whole heart turned toward God, you must have it turned away from your own self, from all that occupies your self-life and self-interests, whether joy or sorrow. Everything that is not God Myself…that excites your fears, or stirs your self-efforts, or makes you conscious of self or the world around you, or awakens your hopes, or makes you glad, or seeks My gifts or workings…hinders you in your perfect waiting upon Me. Even the activity of your mind in studying My Word, or giving expression to its thoughts in prayer, the activities of your heart, with its desires and hopes and fears, may so engage you that you never come to the still waiting upon the All-Glorious One…your whole being prostrate in silence before Me. The very thought of God in My incomprehensible Majesty and Holiness should cause you to cover your mouth in hushed silence before Me: The LORD is in His Holy Temple: let all the Earth keep silence before Him. Hold thy peace at the Presence of the Lord GOD. Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for He is raised up out of His Holy habitation. [Hab 2:20; Zeph 1:7; Zech 2:13]
As long as your waiting upon God is chiefly regarded as an end toward more effectual prayer and the obtaining of your petitions, My child, this spirit of perfect quietness shall never be attained. But when it is seen that your waiting upon God is in itself an unspeakable blessedness, one of the highest forms of fellowship with the Holy One, your adoration of Me in all My Majesty, Glory, and Power will of necessity humble your soul into a holy stillness, making way for Me to speak and reveal Myself to you. Then it comes to the fulfillment of the precious promise that all of self and self-effort shall be humbled; the haughtiness of man shall be brought down, and I alone, the Lord, shall be exalted in that day.
** **, you are to take time to be separate from all friends and all duties, all cares and all joys, all self and its energy; time to be still and quiet before God alone. You shall find that this little season of silent worship will bring a peace and a rest that give a blessing not only in prayer, but all the day. The quietness is the confession of your child-like dependence upon God…that you are hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless in your own strength. ALL must be of Me, and apart from Me you can do nothing. It is the confession of your child-like trust that your God and Father will in My time come to your help…that quiet unruffled child-like rest in Me alone. It is the confession of your desire to sink into your nothingness, and to let Me work and reveal Myself in you. Don’t you understand, precious child? It is not in trying but in trusting; not in running but in resting; not in wandering but in waiting; not in pondering but in praying; that you find the strength of the Lord. In your daily life, you need only let there be in your soul a quiet reverence in its continual waiting for your God and Father to do My wondrous work in you, an abiding watching against too deep engrossment with the things or the people of this world.
My beloved child! Do you not know? Have you never understood? I am the Sovereign All-Ruler over all things, over all Creation…Sovereign over the heavens and all that’s in it, Sovereign over the Earth and all that’s on it, Sovereign over the spirit world and all that’s in it, Sovereign over everything that touches your life. I exercise My Sovereignty perfectly over all things…immediately, completely, and continually over all things; I am not a God Who is careless, complacent, or indifferent. Nothing takes place on the face of this Earth, nothing takes place in the heavens above, nothing takes place in the spirit world, and nothing can touch your life, apart from My having either Personally caused it to happen, or My having specifically, consciously, and deliberately allowed it to happen. And all to accomplish My Own good purpose. All that I do is necessarily the very best, very kindest, most loving thing that can possibly be. And although oftentimes you may not understand…yet, even so, you can trust in My Sovereignty with an unwavering child-like trust. For I make all things work together for your good.
You are My child; I am Your Father and your God. My love for you is unconditional; it is not a response to who you are or what you do. I love you because of Who I AM. My love for you is unfailing. You may fail Me, often do…but I will never fail you. I abide faithful. My love for you is unchanging; I love you today…after all your years of sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections…the same as I did on the day you were born. My love remains the same…yesterday, today, and forever. My love for you is unending; it is eternal and everlasting. It will never perish, spoil, or fade. You can trust in My fathomless love for you with an unwavering child-like trust.
So why do you worry, why do you fret? Why are you anxious, afraid? Let the words of My Divine Son Jesus to His disciples on their boat that afternoon, when they had lost all hope in the midst of a fierce storm, saying “Don’t you care that we are about to die,” ring in your own heart: Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by the cares, concerns, and responsibilities of life. Cast the whole of your care…all your anxieties and distress, all your fears and worries, all your concerns and burdens, once and for all…upon Me, for I care for you affectionately and care about you watchfully.
Why do you become disappointed, discouraged; disheartened, disillusioned over results, outcomes, and conclusions of the work I have given you to do? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by results, outcomes, conclusions. Results belong to Me; it is My work, not yours. And no one can thwart My plans, or hinder My purposes, or override My will.
Why are you downcast, down-trodden, distraught, dismayed, distressed? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by circumstances, events, and things that touch your life. There are no such things as random occurrences, accidental happenings, or incidental incidences. I have either allowed them, or caused them, to touch your life…and for My Own good purposes.
Why do you lament over the past; why are you anguished about the present, and agonize over the future? Do you still have no faith? Yesterday is gone; it is unchangeable, unalterable, irreversible. Remain undaunted by your sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections. I am well able to restore the years the locusts have eaten. Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before you, press on toward the mark for the prize of My high calling in Christ Jesus My Son. And do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Seek first My Kingdom and My Righteousness, and all necessary things will be provided for you as well. As for today, My child…today is the day the Lord has made, so rejoice and be glad in it.
Why are you angry, upset, frustrated, irritated, annoyed? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by what people think or say or do. I, the Lord, am your helper; you needn’t be afraid. What can man do to you? Who shall separate you from the love of Christ My Son? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword? No, in all these things you are more than a conqueror through Him Who loved you.
Why do you become impatient, or grow weary of waiting? Do you still have no faith? I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do good works…works that I Myself have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe. So be still, and know that I AM your Father and your God.
My beloved child…abide with Me in the Holy of Holies, in My unclouded Presence. This is your birth-right as a child of the Most High God. If you will only just abide in My promised rest, you will be continually at rest in an unruffled child-like rest, and you will enjoy being with Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy. ** **, it is unbelief that keeps you from entering into My promised rest, and unbelief prevents you from remaining in My promised rest. No matter how great your pressures and trials, how anxious your thoughts; no matter how hopeless your situation, how clouded your future; no matter how sad your loss, how deep the agony of your soul; no matter how weary or burdened…come to Me, you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest! Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly, gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Lord God Almighty…I worship Your majesty; Your Name is majestic in all the Earth. You are glorious in Your Majesty, majestic in Holiness, awesome in Power, You are our wonder-working God. You do whatsoever You will with the powers of Heaven and Earth. You call the things that are not just as though they are. You merely speak, and it is done; the very words You speak carry within themselves the power to effect what You have spoken…immediately, completely, continually. The mountains quake before You, and the hills melt away. The very mountains melt like wax in Your Presence! The Earth trembles at Your Presence…the world and all who live in it. Heaven and Earth flee from the Almightiness of Your Presence!
Who is there like unto You, O Lord? Who can be compared with You? Who is Your equal? Who was there when You formed the Heavens and all their starry hosts, and called them out, each one, by name? Who was there when You created the Earth and all that’s on it…all things visible and invisible, all things animate and inanimate, all things, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities? Who was there when You formed the seas and all that is in them, and set their boundaries that they might not transgress it? Whoever, O Lord, were Your instructors, that You should acquire knowledge from them? Whoever were Your counselors, that You should learn wisdom and understanding from them? No…You are God, and You alone; there is none other besides You! All other so called “gods” are merely lifeless images, carved out of wood or formed out of stone or cast in metal. But You are the One True Living God, and You live and reign forever and ever, throughout the eternal ages!
I stand in awe of You. I stand in awe of the Most Holy, Most High Triune God, Almighty Creator, Sovereign All-Ruler. I stand in awe of the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One Who always was, Who is now and ever shall be, and Who is to come back again. I stand in awe of the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David. I stand in awe of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father. I stand in awe of the Prince of Peace, Great I AM, King of kings and Lord of lords. I stand in awe of the Faithful Witness, the First born from among the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the Earth. I stand in awe of the One Whose eyes are like blazing fire, Whose feet are as burnished bronze, the One out of Whose mouth comes a sharp, double-edged sword, quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword…piercing, even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, even to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow. I stand in awe of the One Whose voice is Majestic and Powerful, like the thunderous roar of many rushing waters churning wildly through a narrow chasm, cascading over a great waterfall, and thundering to the depths below.
Abba Father…forgive me for my lack of faith, and enable me by the Power of Your enabling grace to trust in Your absolute Sovereignty over all Creation, and Your jealous love for Your child. You have placed me like a seal over Your heart, like a seal on Your arm; Your love for me is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns within You like blazing fire, like a mighty flame! Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls…yet will I rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength! You make my feet like hinds feet; You give me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility!
Abba Father…my soul glorifies You; my spirit rejoices in my Father and my God! I am Your child, now and forever; may it be unto me according to all You have planned for me! This is surely the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. Blessed Holy Spirit…You are the Divine Nature dwelling in me, Whose Power in me continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life: faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and the unclouded Presence of my Father in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
My soul, wait thou only upon God!