March 9, Wednesday
“Okay, Me Wait!”
Psalm 27 (NRSV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, LORD, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up. Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence. I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
As our three-year old son, Kyle, was chest deep, and twisted up, in the green pea vines of his Poppaw’s garden, he repeatedly yelled for his Poppaw to pay attention to his need. After hearing four or five, rapid-fire, exasperating requests for help, Poppaw curtly said, “Just wait a cotton-pickin’ minute, Kyle!” With hands on his hips, our little boy looked at his grandfather and replied, “Okay, Poppaw, me wait a cotton-pickin’ minute!”
People of faith know how hard it is to wait for God (vs. 14). It’s hard work! It’s especially hard when you are fearful and anxious. As King David reflected on some fearful moments, he may have pondered the time he was in a Judean cave, hiding from his enemies. King Saul wanted him dead and had vowed to kill him. So David felt anxiety over his life and future. As the small candle he held pushed back the darkness of the cave, the words he said to himself and to God, pushed back the dark fear of his anxious heart.
David’s faith pep talk can be instructive for us. In faith, David made these confessions: God is the light that will show me the way through this. God will save me from those who seek to harm me. I will not give in to fear. When trouble comes, those who seek my life will fail. I will stand above them as on solid rock. Worshipping God is the sanctuary where I want to live my life. Even if everyone else forsakes me, God never will. I will live and thrive because of the goodness of the Lord. My heart will be strong as I wait for the Lord to act.
So as he waits for God to act, he talks to himself and to God. And with each word David speaks, his spirit and his heart grow a little stronger, and more confident, and less fearful.
That can happen to you, too. As you wait for God to get you untangled from life’s pea vines, have a faith pep talk with yourself and with God. While you say to God, “Okay, me wait!” search and read the Bible. Meditate on God’s promises. Remind yourself and confess to God His promise to always be with you, to never leave you nor forsake you. Be strengthened by God’s promise to always be at work, in every circumstance, to bring about His will and your good. And watch for God’s activity in your circumstance. The Words of Scripture you receive will be like light and salvation to sustain you and give strength to your anxious heart!
What words do you need to say, to yourself and to God, to sustain your faith and confidence in God, as you wait for Him to act on your behalf? What person can you help do the same?
Lord, calm my fears and relieve my anxieties; give strength to my heart as I wait for You to act on my behalf. I confess and receive, anew, Your Presence and Your promises. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
By Rev. Gerry Claybrook, CBFAR Coordinating Council member
Barcelona Road Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village
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