I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in God’s word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
A Word of Hope
These are stressful times and many of us wait anxiously for little respites such as Labor Day Weekend. Some of us may be stuck in a challenging job, waiting for conditions to change for the better, or unemployed and waiting to hear back about that application. Others are waiting for a personal illness to heal or for order and civility to return to our nation’s highest leadership roles. There are always single persons waiting for just the right partner and others in relationships waiting for their partners to finally understand them.
But the Psalmist reminds us that none of these conditions defines the way we should wait for the Lord. Waiting is an act of worship in quiet meditation or prayer; a time when our troubled and anxious minds step back in exhaustion and allow our souls to focus on the promises of God. Waiting for God is silencing our minds’ sometimes desperate chatter and being attentive to receive divine comfort or instruction, hope that nourishes the soul. And we are reminded that the soul’s anticipation is never met with disappointment, just as those who keep the final watch just before dawn. A new day always comes.
Waiting for the Lord is a recurring theme in many of the Psalms, not in the sense of inaction, but always as a deliberate act of keeping awake, alert and patiently anticipating God’s leading, especially when life’s circumstances seem to be smothering us.
The Prophet Micah, who lived about 700 years before Christ, led a tumultuous life, full of political chaos and never ending wars. He had been eyewitness to the brutal Assyrian siege of Jerusalem and seen his beloved nation in ruin, yet he never lost sight of that eternal hope: “Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” (Micah 7.7)
We know you always hear us, God. Teach us to listen to you. May our impatience in waiting for external changes be exchanged for the internal peace we receive only from you Spirit.
Minister for Children and Families
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare