I Wait for the Lord

David Bast

Read: Psalm 130

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope. (v. 5)

What are you waiting for? That question is usually asked with impatience or exasperation. What we really mean is, “Hurry up, will you? Get a move on!” But there is another way to ask this question. Advent is all about waiting. So what are we waiting for? The short answer is that we’re waiting for the Lord.

Waiting for the Lord is an act of faith. We believe that God can and will deliver us when we cry out to him from the depths. But waiting is also an exercise in hope. To have hope you need a future. “Where there’s life, there’s hope,” goes the old saying. But when there is no longer life, there’s no hope either. King David stopped praying when his child died. You stop cheering when your team is behind by 20 points. When you finally realize you got the date wrong, you stop waiting for your friend to show up at the restaurant.

I once worked as a part-time night watchman, and I can attest to the truth that nobody looks more eagerly for the dawn than someone who’s been up all night on guard. The Lord will come, as surely as the sun will rise in the east; our waiting will not be in vain. But what are we waiting for? What do we hope Jesus will do when he comes again? The answer lies in why he came in the first place. —David Bast

As you pray, praise God for the hope of his Word.