1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Genesis 5:34 notes Noah was 500 years old when he begat his three sons, while Genesis 7:6 says Noah was 600 years old when the Flood came. The clear implication is God made a covenant with Noah saying Noah and his sons would be saved from judgment 20 years before Noah’s sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) were even born!
In Genesis 12, God makes a covenant with Abram telling him - he is going to be the father of a great nation - impacting the world. Abram and his wife were both old as dirt... he was 75, kind of old to be making babies. Abram Hears God's promise, doing his quasi best to trust and wait... and wait...and he waited. By the time he was 86, he and his wife Sarah tried to take matters into their own hands. Sarah gave him a servant, and with her, Abraham conceived a child. It's not until Genesis Chapter 21 & Abraham is 100 years old, he and Sarah have Isaac.
Abraham had to wait 25 years after his amazing, wonder ~ Hearing God saying he would father a great nation of people. 25 years!
When Moses was 80 years old, God called. By then Moses had lost the bravado of his youth. For many years he had shepherded a calm flock. God was now ready to use Moses. It is not our strength, but God's Will winning the victories. He alone is able to deliver (Exodus 3:1-12).
David waited twenty-two years.
All these people waited for blessings from HIM. He waited for centuries as His earthly kingdom wound down to imposters holding HIS nation's throne. No possible welcome for the baby Jesus there. And this was a difficult blessing to give.
We see God saying He sees the iniquities of the parents pass to the children and He is judged for being a wrathful Deity. Instead of seeing - this was 3,000 years before we grandly invented psychology.
The mention of Jesus' name created feared in the Roman Emperor in sixteen years.
How many people remember who was the Emperor?
How many armchair psychologists believe white is far from scarlet? He does.
Waiting on the Lord has many verses, one of the most lovely Psalms on earth is the Psalm of Redemption.
A song of ascents!
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
Waiting involves knowing we need HIS Grace. Perhaps we have a leg up on Abraham and can be pleased knowing his example, learning we wait more with expectation - knowing without His Blessing, we would diminish ourselves.
Yet, saints cannot sit around twiddling our thumbs and be pleasing to God. Waiting on the Lord implies an attitude of confident assurance, patient endurance, steadfast hope, and obedience. And a good measure of knowing without His Righteousness, we are not going to be able to do His Will. Relying on ourselves only so far as not calling Him our waiter or butler for our prayers or messes. In Faith, believing Redemption is White made from Scarlet - Possible Only in the Name of Jesus Christ Lord.
Blessed be the Savior of the World. Who knows us by name. Died for me. Died for you and wrote you many, many letters called Scripture.