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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

White swan on Mill Creek, Lancaster County PA
White Swan in Mill Creek in Lancaster County, PA
Taken by our friend Mike Book
Notice all the trout!

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"My Expectation Is From Him"

"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation" (Psalm 5:3). "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5).

Today we are all waiting in expectation for something. There is a sense that this is always true in life.  All of us should be waiting in expectation "for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

Last night we received a call from my brother Pat. He shared that his daughter and husband had their first child last night. They had been waiting in expectation for many months for little Grace to arrive.  Now they are thankful and look forward to a new chapter in raising this little one for the Lord.

I recall a meeting with a Christian business leader several years ago who pointed out that so often the source of discontent and discord in life is illegitimate expectations.

Well that got me to thinking about our walk with the Lord. Are we always contented and living in spiritual peace.  I must say for myself anyway the answer would be a big "no, not always", although that is surely what I desire. In ministering to many others over the years I realize I am certainly not alone.

The two verses from the Psalms today compliment each other.

The first is directed as a prayer to God. "In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation" The Psalmist acknowledged that the Lord heard his voice and he had laid his requests before Him. Twice he declares "in the morning", which seems to me to be an emphasis on the proper way to begin each new day before disruptions begin to steal our time. The verse ends with a declaration of waiting in expectation. That may be in regard to how the Lord would order his steps that very day or in the bigger, long-term picture.

The second verse appears to be a self-directed charge and reminder. The Psalmist addresses his very own soul. "My soul, wait thou only upon God." I do that in my life, except I usually word it to the effect, "Weber, you must trust in God in this situation." Waiting on the Lord is not a natural tendency. It requires an ongoing constancy of trust even when the physical shows no evidence. Ah, but the final phrase is so instructive, "for my expectation is from Him."

That leads me to God's promises which are abundant, steady and sure.  There's a great verse in the old hymn, "Amazing Grace" that expresses this faith. "The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures."  Today, whatever you are dealing with I urge you to "wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart" (Psalm 27:14).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, we look to You for hope that renews our faith and restores our strength.  In the midst of situations that challenge and weary us, Your power and strength never diminish.  Help us to wait in patient expectation. You never tire of us coming to You but rather You desire it.  The promise of Your strength helps us rise above life’s detours and difficulties.  We place our confidence in You, unchanging God, and develop the fruit of patience as we wait on You to fulfill the promises You’ve made in Your Word.  Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

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"Psalm 5" Video  Maranatha Singers  A wonderful example of Scripture solemnly set to music. This song was popular and "contemporary" in the early eighties.  

A country version of the same song  Video

"Wait On The Lord"  Video
  The Martin's

"He's Been Faithful"  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

"All Your Promises Are True"  Video  Shannon Wexelberg

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