Learning to Wait

Psalm 3815 [widescreen]

Reading the Word

Psalm 38:15–22 (ESV)

15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. 16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!” 17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me. 18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. 19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. 20 Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good. 21 Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

Understanding and Applying the Word

There is a song with the words “the waiting is the hardest part.” All of us have experienced the difficulty of waiting at one time or another in our lives. It is difficult.

In this psalm, David is an amazing example of waiting for the Lord. In verse 15 he says, “But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.” Such confidence in the face of hardship and despair. He acknowledges his own sin and repents of it again in verse 18 and calls out again for rescue. And then he waits. And the psalm ends as he continues to wait and trust.

What is it that you are going through? Are you trusting that God will bring you through it in his time and in his way? Have you learned to wait? Let us continue to call out to God trusting that he will deliver us from whatever the circumstances are that we are facing.

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