Not much frill, excitement, or lyrical genius in this post. Just pure, unadulterated teaching. Ready? Read.
In my quest to learn more about God and myself during this time in my life, I’ve knocked myself in the head with a brick a few times. What I thought to be patience really wasn’t. What I believed to be faith wasn’t even close.
After earning another knot on my head for being impatient, I really wanted to get an understanding on what it meant to believe in, trust in, and have patience in God. I did a “plop and flop” (when I just plop the bible down and flop the pages open to an arbitrary place) and landed on Psalm 131. My bible gave a cross-reference to Psalm 62.
Now I’m going to break down some key words in these verses so if you’re ready to learn what I learned, pay attention.
Psalm 131 (KJV)
1Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
2Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
3Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-6 (KJV)
1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
There were some key words that I wanted to find out their meaning in the original Hebrew language from these two passages. So I used my huge Strong’s Concordance (thanks, JR!) to define them.
Quieted – to be quiet, rest, forbear, hold your peace, wait, tarry.
My Soul – mind, will, the seat of emotion and desire.
Waiteth – silent, silence, stillness, rest.
Wait – be silent, be still.
Expectation – hope, thing longed for
From – as the source, cause, having as a starting point.
Him – C’mon, son. God. No explanation needed.
When we are waiting on God, it’s more than just a spiritual thing. We have to get our souls (mind, will, seat of emotion) to get in line with what we’re believing.
Our souls must wait on God as well. Our spirits can know the Word, have an understanding of what it means to wait, but our souls can get in the way and keep us from reaching what we’re believing for.
When our souls become silent, sill, and at rest, we are truly in a place where we can have total trust in God.
How many times have you had an emotional fit waiting for God? Mad. Angry. Salty. Depressed. Hopeless. T I R E D of waiting. Anyone? I’ll wait…
After you had your emotional fit, did you get what you wanted? Have to wait longer? Set yourself back a few steps because your emotional fit created a bigger problem than you originally had?
Again, I’ll wait. *raises hand slowly*
I loved that Psalm 62:5 said that our expectation is from God. He is the source, cause, starting point from where our hope comes from.
Because He is our starting point of our hope, we have to set our expectation in God. Not people, not our mates, not our business partners, not even promises made. Even when we make agreements, deals, and partner up with people, there has to be an expectation set on God to fulfill those things.
God can move the hands and hearts of those who we interact with on various levels without our help. We don’t have to get anxious or try to make things happen that were orchestrated by Him in the first place.
Of course there is a natural side to this; there should be follow ups, professional dealings, and personal interactions to help maintain what’s been built, but at the end of the day, we should keep our hopes in God.
I’ve had to meditate on this for the last couple of days and hopefully you’ll do the same. If we can get the revelation that our souls (mind, emotions) must be quiet as we wait on God, we may find that we can obtain the promise much faster than we ever expected.
On the Chase,