Thursday, December 11, 2008

Waiting Patiently on the Lord

Ps 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

We should be willing to wait patiently on the Lord, for He doeth all things well and His timing is impeccable. Besides, He waited patiently for us for much lesser reasons; our hold ups were sin, stubbornness, rebellion and ignorance. And yet He waited.

The result of waiting on the Lord... He inclines Himself to us. That is, the God of heaven bows Himself our direction, He comes to us to see to our needs. I picture a parent ministering to a helpless child. As that parent feeds, changes, and gives love to that little one, all that she is able to return is dependence and a growing appreciation for the one who has the wherewithal to minister to the needy.

God is so good to His children, fulfilling His promise to meet every one of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. While we can't ascend to where He is, He comes down to where we are. How true also of the cross. Jesus, divested of heaven's glory, wrapped Himself in a robe of human flesh, then lived and died for those He loves. He has done for us what we were incapable of doing ourselves. Yes, He inclined unto me.

"And He heard my cry." I am intrigued by the ability of a nurturing parent, deep in slumber, to hear the middle-of-the-night whimpers of a small child a room away. Her small cry is able to invade that parent's dreamland and alert them to their offspring's need. So God, in the din of the prayers of millions of saints, is able to distinguish the small cry of one of His own in need. And then, to meet that need, every time! Thank God for His watch care, His timing and His provision.

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