In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)
If I’m honest, the verse above highlights several areas that God is still working on in my life. Far too frequently, I only lay my requests before the LORD as a last resort, instead of a first course of action. Historically, only AFTER coming to an end of myself and exhausting my abilities, would I humbly kneel before the Almighty and seek His wisdom, help, guidance, etc.
If I did bother to seek God’s face, far too often I popped up off my knees and moved on as if that encounter had never happened. There was little waiting, and if I’m totally transparent, there was little expecting either. Often, I wouldn’t even look back over my shoulder to see what God might do.
My routine was the furthest thing from King David’s. Some translations say David would “watch” or “watch eagerly.” The original language meant to “spy out” or “keep watch over.” It was used to describe the duty of a watchman on a tower.
What’s the point? When we take something to God, we’re to then become watchmen scanning the horizon to see just what God will do in response. God is active. He hears our cries for help, He knows what we need. So we can (and should) expect Him to act in some way. His ways are much higher and better than ours, so He may not give us the answer we first sought, but He will answer in some manner. Wait for it, and watch for it!
How about you? Is it your habit to take your requests to God as a first thing, or a last resort? Once you’ve called upon Him, do you wait patiently, yet expectantly, for His answer? –Dave
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