May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, O Lord. (Ps 19:14)
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I can think of no better method for affirming the incredible value of waiting upon the Lord than to point directly to His own word about it. As I penned in a recent post the past year has felt an awful lot like an interminable waiting room where myonly least favorite entertainment has been my own nagging voice: What now, Lord? What next, Lord?
As a new chapter decidedly unfolds in my life (more about it another day), I can only say how grateful am I that God's word & promises are true. Waiting far excels over scurry.
Recently my dear friendElaine shared some profound wisdom of her own about the wait. She had entered a particularly challenging chapter of life. As she peered ahead, her question to God sounded a lot like my own: "What next, Lord?". His reply to her heart: "I am what's next."
And so He is ...
I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God ...
But how is it to your credit if you receive
a beating for doing wrong and endure it?
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it,
this is commendable before God.
To this you were called,
because Christ suffered for you,
leaving you an example,
that you should follow in His steps.
1 Peter 2:20-21
My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.
The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.